[ loo-neyt ]
/ ˈlu neɪt /
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.
Words nearby lunate
Origin of lunate
OTHER WORDS FROM lunate
lu·nate·ly, adverbsem·i·lu·nate, adjectivesem·i·lu·nat·ed, adjectivesub·lu·nate, adjective
sub·lu·nat·ed, adjectiveun·lu·nate, adjectiveun·lu·nat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lunate
The chief distinction lies in the lunate tail, which has a keel on either side at base, as in the mackerels.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)|David Starr Jordan
Cl., to which as a variety Cleve unites Lewis' form, appears to resemble it only in the lunate marks.The Diatomaceae of Philadelphia and Vicinity|Charles Sumner Boyer
British Dictionary definitions for lunate
/ (ˈluːneɪt) /
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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Medicine definitions for lunate
[ lōō′nāt′ ]
Shaped like a crescent.
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