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peltate

[pel-teyt]
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adjective Botany.
  1. having the stalk or support attached to the lower surface at a distance from the margin, as a leaf; shield-shaped.

Origin of peltate

1745–55; < Latin peltātus, equivalent to pelt(a) small shield (< Greek péltē) + ātus -ate1
Related formspel·tate·ly, adverbpel·ta·tion, nounsub·pel·tate, adjectivesub·pel·tate·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for peltate

Historical Examples

  • Thus it is proper to describe the shape of the indusium as peltate.

    How to Know the Ferns

    S. Leonard Bastin

  • The leaves are peltate, and in the bud are folded about the end of the petiole after the manner of an umbrella.

  • From this point of view, peltate leaves like those of Tropæolum or Nelumbium become very significant.

    Vegetable Teratology</p>

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • The seed organs are curious, the stigma being foot-stalked, peltate, and placed between and above the anthers.

  • Anthers of irregular shape, peltate, with the borders deeply undulate.


British Dictionary definitions for peltate

peltate

adjective
  1. (of leaves) having the stalk attached to the centre of the lower surface
Derived Formspeltately, adverbpeltation, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin peltātus equipped with a pelta, a small shield; see peltast
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