- Botany. forming or shaped like a head or dense cluster.
- Biology. having an enlarged or swollen, headlike termination.
Origin of capitate
1655–65; < Latin capitātus headed, equivalent to capit- (stem of caput) head + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for capitate
Valve linear, with protracted, sub-rostrate or capitate ends.The Diatomaceae of Philadelphia and Vicinity
Charles Sumner Boyer
There are five stamens, a filiform style, and a capitate stigma.
The tentacles are all capitate and distributed, and about 2-1/2 times the body length.Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole
Gary N. Calkins
Pistils from five to ten, capitate at their summits, affixed laterally to the middle of the seeds, as in Alchemilla.Lachesis Lapponica
Carl von Linn
The ovary has a thick style and capitate stigma (c), and the fruit is a drupe (d).
- botany shaped like a head, as certain flowers or inflorescences
- zoology having an enlarged headlike enda capitate bone
C17: from Latin capitātus having a (large) head, from caput head
Word Origin and History for capitate
"head-shaped," 1660s, from Latin capitatus "headed," from caput "head" (see capitulum).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Enlarged and globular at the tip, as a bone of the wrist having a rounded, knoblike end.
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- The largest of the carpal bones.
- Forming a headlike mass or dense cluster, as the flowers of plants in the composite family.
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