- Also lu·nat·ed. being in the shape of a crescent; crescent-shaped.
- Anatomy. the second bone from the thumb side of the proximal row of bones of the carpus.
- a crescent-shaped, microlithic artifact mounted in a haft to form a composite tool, mostly Mesolithic in origin.
Origin of lunate
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Examples from the Web for lunate
A yellow scolloped margin runs round their external edges, verged with black; above which are some lunate spots of a sky blue.
Cl., to which as a variety Cleve unites Lewis' form, appears to resemble it only in the lunate marks.The Diatomaceae of Philadelphia and Vicinity
Charles Sumner Boyer
The chief distinction lies in the lunate tail, which has a keel on either side at base, as in the mackerels.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
- anatomy botany shaped like a crescent
- a crescent-shaped bone forming part of the wrist
C18: from Latin lūnātus crescent-shaped, from lūnāre, from lūna moon
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Word Origin and History for lunate
"crescent-shaped," 1777, from Latin lunatus, from luna (see Luna).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Shaped like a crescent.
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