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[stel-it, -eyt] /ˈstɛl ɪt, -eɪt/
like the form of a conventionalized figure of a star; star-shaped.
Often, stellated [stel-ei-tid] /ˈstɛl ɛɪ tɪd/ (Show IPA).
Origin of stellate
1490-1500; < Latin stellātus starry, equivalent to stell(a) star + -ātus -ate1
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stellately, adverb Unabridged
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/ˈstɛlɪt; -eɪt/
resembling a star in shape; radiating from the centre: a stellate arrangement of petals
Derived Forms
stellately, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin stellātus starry, from stellāre to stud with stars, from stella a star
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Word Origin and History for stellate

c.1500, "star-spangled," from Latin stellatus "covered with stars," past participle of stellare "to set with stars," from stella (see star (n.)). Meaning "star-shaped" is recorded from 1660s.

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stellate in Medicine

stellate stel·late (stěl'āt') or stel·lat·ed (-ā'tĭd)
Arranged or shaped like a star; radiating from a center.

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