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capitate

[ kap-i-teyt ]

adjective

  1. Botany. forming or shaped like a head or dense cluster.
  2. Biology. having an enlarged or swollen, headlike termination.


capitate

/ ˈkæpɪˌteɪt /

adjective

  1. botany shaped like a head, as certain flowers or inflorescences
  2. zoology having an enlarged headlike end

    a capitate bone



capitate

/ kăpĭ-tāt′ /

Noun

  1. The largest of the carpal bones.


Adjective

  1. Forming a headlike mass or dense cluster, as the flowers of plants in the composite family.

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Other Words From

  • multi·capi·tate adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of capitate1

1655–65; < Latin capitātus headed, equivalent to capit- (stem of caput ) head + -ātus -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of capitate1

C17: from Latin capitātus having a (large) head, from caput head

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Example Sentences

Small capitate processes or organs, observable under the wings of Diptera, attended by a spiracle.

In this moss, the paraphyses are inflated at the summit into little knobs, or they are capitate (fig. 37).

Valve linear, capitate at each end and tumid in the middle; stri distinctly punctate; pseudoraphe indistinct, or not apparent.

Valve with sides parallel; apices slightly capitate and revolute; stri, 10 in 10 .

Valve arcuate on the dorsal and nearly straight on the ventral side; ends protracted or slightly capitate.

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