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adjective Anatomy.
  1. hook-shaped.
  2. having a hooklike process.
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Origin of hamate

1735–45; < Latin hāmātus hooked, equivalent to hām(us) hook + -ātus -ate1
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Historical Examples of hamate

  • Hamate, or Hamose, hooked; the end of a slender body bent round.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Spores of Bacidia umbrina to illustrate the several-celled, hyaline, hamate or spirally twisted type.

    Ohio Biological Survey, Bull. 10, Vol. 11, No. 6

    Bruce Fink and Leafy J. Corrington

British Dictionary definitions for hamate


  1. rare hook-shaped
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Word Origin for hamate

C18: from Latin hāmātus, from hāmus hook
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