[fa-stij-ee-it, -eyt or fa-stij-ee-ey-tid]
- rising to a pointed top.
- Zoology. joined together in a tapering adhering group.
- erect and parallel, as branches.
- having such branches.
Origin of fastigiate
1655–65; < Latin fastīgi(um) height, highest point + -ate1
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Examples from the Web for fastigiate
We are never surprised to find that an ordinary upright plant produces as a sport or mutation a pendulous, or fastigiate form.The Making of Species
Fastigiate: flat-topped and of equal height: also applied to elytra that extend a little beyond the abdomen.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- (of plants) having erect branches, often appearing to form a single column with the stem
- (of parts or organs) united in a tapering group
C17: from Medieval Latin fastīgiātus lofty, from Latin fastīgium height
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