having kneelike joints or bends.
bent at a joint like a knee.
Origin of geniculate
1660–70;Related formsge·nic·u·late·ly, adverbsub·ge·nic·u·late, adjective
< Latin geniculātus
knotted, equivalent to genicul(um
) small knee; knot (gen(u
+ -i- -i-
+ -culum -cule1
) + -ātus -ate1
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Derived Formsgeniculately, adverbgeniculation, noun
biology bent at a sharp anglegeniculate antennae
having a joint or joints capable of bending sharply
Word Origin for geniculate
C17: from Latin geniculātus jointed, from geniculum a little knee, small joint, from genu knee
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Word Origin and History for geniculate
"having knots or joints," 1660s, from Latin geniculatus, from geniculum "little knee, knot on the stalk of a plant," diminutive of genu "knee" (see knee (n.)).
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Bent abruptly, as a knee.
Of, relating to, or being the geniculate body or geniculate ganglion.
Having kneelike joints; able to bend at an abrupt angle.
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