[ lan-see-uh-leyt, -lit ]
/ ˈlæn si əˌleɪt, -lɪt /


shaped like the head of a lance.
narrow, and tapering toward the apex or sometimes at the base, as a leaf.

Origin of lanceolate

1750–60; < Latin lanceolātus armed with a small lance, equivalent to lanceol(a) small lance (lance(a) lance1 + -ola -ole1) + -ātus -ate1
Related formslan·ce·o·late·ly, adverbsub·lan·ce·o·late, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lanceolate


/ (ˈlɑːnsɪəˌleɪt, -lɪt) /


narrow and tapering to a point at each endlanceolate leaves

Word Origin for lanceolate

C18: from Late Latin lanceolātus, from lanceola small lance
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Science definitions for lanceolate


[ lănsē-ə-lāt′ ]

Tapering from a rounded base toward an apex; lance-shaped. Many willows have lanceolate leaves.
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