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or dig·i·tat·ed

[dij-i-teyt or dij-i-tey-tid]
  1. Zoology. having digits or digitlike processes.
  2. Botany. having radiating divisions or leaflets resembling the fingers of a hand.
  3. like a digit or finger.
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Origin of digitate

From the Latin word digitātus, dating back to 1655–65. See digit, -ate1
Related formsdig·i·tate·ly, adverbmul·ti·dig·i·tate, adjectiveun·dig·i·tat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for digitate

Historical Examples

  • Digitate: finger-like, or divided into finger-like processes.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Palmate (or digitate) leaf of five leaflets, of the Sweet Buckeye.

  • In the adjoining cut the intermediate stages between a palmate or digitate leaf to a pinnate one may be seen.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • A year or two since, a man brought from Ohio to the University of Iowa an innocent five-parted, digitate, black fungus.

  • The inflorescence consists of solitary, binate, digitate, or panicled racemes.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

British Dictionary definitions for digitate



  1. (of compound leaves) having the leaflets in the form of a spread hand
  2. (of animals) having digits or corresponding parts
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Derived Formsdigitately, adverbdigitation, noun
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digitate in Medicine


  1. Having a digit or digits.
  2. Having fingerlike processes or impressions.
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