penicillate

[pen-uh-sil-it, -eyt]

Origin of penicillate

1810–20; < Latin pēnicill(us) (see pencil) + -ate1
Related formspen·i·cil·late·ly, adverbpen·i·cil·la·tion, noun
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penicillate

adjective
  1. biology having or resembling one or more tufts of fine hairsa penicillate caterpillar
Derived Formspenicillately, adverbpenicillation, noun

Word Origin for penicillate

C19: from Latin pēnicillus brush, pencil
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