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fastigiate

or fastigiated

[fa-stij-ee-it, -eyt or fa-stij-ee-ey-tid] /fæˈstɪdʒ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt or fæˈstɪdʒ iˌeɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
rising to a pointed top.
2.
Zoology. joined together in a tapering adhering group.
3.
Botany.
  1. erect and parallel, as branches.
  2. having such branches.
Origin of fastigiate
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin fastīgi(um) height, highest point + -ate1
Related forms
subfastigiate, adjective
subfastigiated, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • We are never surprised to find that an ordinary upright plant produces as a sport or mutation a pendulous, or fastigiate form.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • fastigiate: flat-topped and of equal height: also applied to elytra that extend a little beyond the abdomen.

British Dictionary definitions for fastigiate

fastigiate

/fæˈstɪdʒɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
adjective (biology)
1.
(of plants) having erect branches, often appearing to form a single column with the stem
2.
(of parts or organs) united in a tapering group
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin fastīgiātus lofty, from Latin fastīgium height
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