Botany. forming or shaped like a head or dense cluster.
Biology. having an enlarged or swollen, headlike termination.
Origin of capitate
1655–65;Related formsmul·ti·cap·i·tate, adjective
< Latin capitātus
headed, equivalent to capit-
(stem of caput
) head + -ātus -ate1
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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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Word Origin and History for capitate
"head-shaped," 1660s, from Latin capitatus "headed," from caput "head" (see capitulum).
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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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