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[uh-pik-yuh-lit, -leyt]
adjective Botany.
  1. tipped with a short, abrupt point, as a leaf.
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Origin of apiculate

From the New Latin word apiculātus, dating back to 1820–30. See apiculus, -ate1
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Historical Examples of apiculate

  • The spores (fig. 28 a) are oval, with a little point at one end (apiculate).

    An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope

    John William Griffith

  • The third glume is slightly longer than the second, oblong-ovate, apiculate, 5-nerved and paleate; palea 1/8 inch obtuse.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

British Dictionary definitions for apiculate


  1. (of leaves) ending in a short sharp point
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Word Origin for apiculate

C19: from New Latin apiculātus, from apiculus a short point, from apex
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