[adjective uh-kyoo-muh-nit, -neyt; verb uh-kyoo-muh-neyt]
- Botany, Zoology. pointed; tapering to a point.
- to make sharp or keen.
Origin of acuminate
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Anterior surface of cell studded with minute acuminate papillae; posterior surface smooth, sometimes spotted.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
Tail short, even, the shafts very strong, and prolonged into acuminate points.
Bill almost straight, acuminate; tail of moderate length, emarginate and rounded.
Bill rather slender; feathers of the crown and occiput elongated, of the fore part of the back much elongated and acuminate.
Pinnæ lanceolate, acuminate, the lowest pair deflexed and standing forward; cut into oblong, obtuse segments.The Fern Lover's Companion
George Henry Tilton
- narrowing to a sharp point, as some types of leaf
- (tr) to make pointed or sharp
C17: from Latin acūmināre to sharpen; see acumen
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- Tapering to a point; pointed.
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