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adjective Botany.
  1. (of a leaf) triangular or shaped like an arrow, with two spreading lobes at the base.
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Origin of hastate

1780–90; < Latin hastātus armed with a spear, equivalent to hast(a) spear + -ātus -ate1
Related formshas·tate·ly, adverb
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  • The hastate leaves are shapely, and the whole plant is charming when grown away from dust.

    The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits

    Mary Elizabeth Parsons

  • Hastate: halbert-shaped: excavated at base and sides but with spreading lobes or angles.

  • Hastate, or Hastile, shaped like a halberd; furnished with a spreading lobe on each side at the base, 53.

  • Hastate, like the head of a halberd—applied to leaves which have a spreading lobe on each side of the base.

    Seeds of Michigan Weeds

    W. J. (William James) Beal

British Dictionary definitions for hastate


  1. (of a leaf) having a pointed tip and two outward-pointing lobes at the base
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin hastātus with a spear, from hasta spear
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