[ fa-stij-ee-it, -eyt ]

  1. rising to a pointed top.

  2. Zoology. joined together in a tapering adhering group.

  1. Botany.

    • erect and parallel, as branches.

    • having such branches.

Origin of fastigiate

First recorded in 1655–65; from Medieval Latin fastīgātus “high, lofty,” from Latin fastīgi(um) “height, highest point” + -ate1
  • Also fas·tig·i·at·ed [fa-stij-ee-ey-tid] /fæˈstɪdʒ iˌeɪ tɪd/ .

Other words from fastigiate

  • sub·fas·tig·i·ate, adjective
  • sub·fas·tig·i·at·ed, adjective

Words Nearby fastigiate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fastigiate in a sentence

  • fastigiate: flat-topped and of equal height: also applied to elytra that extend a little beyond the abdomen.

  • 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 | Douglas Dewar

British Dictionary definitions for fastigiate



/ (fæˈstɪdʒɪɪt, -ˌeɪt) /

  1. (of plants) having erect branches, often appearing to form a single column with the stem

  2. (of parts or organs) united in a tapering group

Origin of fastigiate

C17: from Medieval Latin fastīgiātus lofty, from Latin fastīgium height

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