or fas·tig·i·at·ed

[fa-stij-ee-it, -eyt or fa-stij-ee-ey-tid]
  1. rising to a pointed top.
  2. Zoology. joined together in a tapering adhering group.
  3. Botany.
    1. erect and parallel, as branches.
    2. having such branches.

Origin of fastigiate

1655–65; < Latin fastīgi(um) height, highest point + -ate1
Related formssub·fas·tig·i·ate, adjectivesub·fas·tig·i·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fastigiate

Historical Examples of fastigiate

  • We are never surprised to find that an ordinary upright plant produces as a sport or mutation a pendulous, or fastigiate form.

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

British Dictionary definitions for fastigiate



adjective biology
  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

Word Origin for fastigiate

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