[fal-keyt or fal-key-tid]
- curved like a scythe or sickle; hooked; falciform.
Origin of falcate
1820–30; < Latin falcātus sickle-shaped, equivalent to falc- (stem of falx) sickle + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for falcate
Falcate, scythe-shaped; a flat body curved, its edges parallel.The Elements of Botany
Wings rather short, falcate, pointed, the second primary longest.A Synopsis of the Birds of North America
John James Audubon
There is a falcate dorsal fin; but the head in outline is not Rorqual-like in spite of its similar proportions.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
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
- biology shaped like a sickle
C19: from Latin falcātus, from falx sickle
Word Origin and History for falcate
1826, from Latin falcatus, from falcem (nominative falx) "sickle."
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