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mucronate

[myoo-kroh-nit, -neyt]
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adjective Botany, Zoology.
  1. having an abruptly projecting point, as a feather or leaf.
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Sometimes mu·cro·nat·ed [myoo-kroh-ney-tid] /ˈmyu kroʊˌneɪ tɪd/.

Origin of mucronate

1770–80; < New Latin, Latin mūcrōnātus pointed, equivalent to mūcrōn- (stem of mūcrō) point, edge + -ātus -ate1
Related formsmu·cro·na·tion, nounsub·mu·cro·nate, adjectivesub·mu·cro·nat·ed, adjective
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Related Words for mucronate

acicular, aciculate, acuminate, acute, barbed, cuspate, cuspidate, fine, keen, peaked, pointy, sharp, acuminous, cornered, piked, pronged

Examples from the Web for mucronate

Historical Examples of mucronate

  • Corniform: like the horn of an ox: a long, mucronate or pointed process.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Conelets subterminal, or lateral and subterminal, mucronate.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • In Sesleria the apex is rounded with a short, sharp, prickle-like median projection (mucronate).

    Grasses

    H. Marshall Ward

  • Occasionally the mucronate distal end appears to be the result of intentional termination of serrating at the distal end.

  • Anthers oblong-linear or arrow-shaped, mucronate, inserted in the throat.


British Dictionary definitions for mucronate

mucronate

mucronated

adjective
  1. terminating in a sharp point
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Derived Formsmucronation, noun

Word Origin for mucronate

C18: from Latin mūcrōnātus pointed, from mucro
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