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capitate

[ kap-i-teyt ]
/ ˈkæp ɪˌteɪt /
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adjective
Botany. forming or shaped like a head or dense cluster.
Biology. having an enlarged or swollen, headlike termination.
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Origin of capitate

1655–65; <Latin capitātus headed, equivalent to capit- (stem of caput) head + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM capitate

mul·ti·cap·i·tate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for capitate

capitate
/ (ˈkæpɪˌteɪt) /

adjective
botany shaped like a head, as certain flowers or inflorescences
zoology having an enlarged headlike enda capitate bone

Word Origin for capitate

C17: from Latin capitātus having a (large) head, from caput head
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Scientific definitions for capitate

capitate
[ kăpĭ-tāt′ ]

Noun
The largest of the carpal bones.
Adjective
Forming a headlike mass or dense cluster, as the flowers of plants in the composite family.
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