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[fal-keyt or fal-key-tid]
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  1. curved like a scythe or sickle; hooked; falciform.
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Origin of falcate

1820–30; < Latin falcātus sickle-shaped, equivalent to falc- (stem of falx) sickle + -ātus -ate1
Related formssub·fal·cate, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Falcate, scythe-shaped; a flat body curved, its edges parallel.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Wings rather short, falcate, pointed, the second primary longest.

  • There is a falcate dorsal fin; but the head in outline is not Rorqual-like in spite of its similar proportions.

  • Setae numerous; the appendage short, falcate, with tip simple, but a slender tooth near middle of curved edge.

  • Prickles straightish or falcate, slender or strong, without bristles.

    Parsons on the Rose

    Samuel Browne Parsons

British Dictionary definitions for falcate


falciform (ˈfælsɪˌfɔːm)

  1. biology shaped like a sickle
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin falcātus, from falx sickle
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Word Origin and History for falcate


1826, from Latin falcatus, from falcem (nominative falx) "sickle."

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falcate in Medicine


  1. Falciform.
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