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adjective Botany.
  1. having the stalk or support attached to the lower surface at a distance from the margin, as a leaf; shield-shaped.
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Origin of peltate

1745–55; < Latin peltātus, equivalent to pelt(a) small shield (< Greek péltē) + ātus -ate1
Related formspel·tate·ly, adverbpel·ta·tion, nounsub·pel·tate, adjectivesub·pel·tate·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for peltate

Historical Examples

  • Thus it is proper to describe the shape of the indusium as peltate.

    How to Know the Ferns

    S. Leonard Bastin

  • The leaves are peltate, and in the bud are folded about the end of the petiole after the manner of an umbrella.

  • From this point of view, peltate leaves like those of Tropæolum or Nelumbium become very significant.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • The seed organs are curious, the stigma being foot-stalked, peltate, and placed between and above the anthers.

  • Anthers of irregular shape, peltate, with the borders deeply undulate.

British Dictionary definitions for peltate


  1. (of leaves) having the stalk attached to the centre of the lower surface
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Derived Formspeltately, adverbpeltation, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin peltātus equipped with a pelta, a small shield; see peltast
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