Also lu·nat·ed. being in the shape of a crescent; crescent-shaped.
Anatomy. the second bone from the thumb side of the proximal row of bones of the carpus.
a crescent-shaped, microlithic artifact mounted in a haft to form a composite tool, mostly Mesolithic in origin.
Origin of lunate
Related formslu·nate·ly, adverbsem·i·lu·nate, adjectivesem·i·lu·nat·ed, adjectivesub·lu·nate, adjectivesub·lu·nat·ed, adjectiveun·lu·nate, adjectiveun·lu·nat·ed, adjective
First recorded in 1770–80, lunate
is from the Latin
crescent-shaped. See Luna
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adjective Also: lunated
anatomy botany shaped like a crescent
a crescent-shaped bone forming part of the wrist
Word Origin for lunate
C18: from Latin lūnātus crescent-shaped, from lūnāre, from lūna moon
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Word Origin and History for lunate
"crescent-shaped," 1777, from Latin lunatus, from luna (see Luna).
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