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[pen-uh-sil-it, -eyt]
  1. having a penicil or penicils.
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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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Historical Examples of penicillate

  • Penicillate: with a long, flexible brush or pencil of hair: often at the end of a thin stalk.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Penicillate, Penicilliform, tipped with a tuft of fine hairs, like a painter's pencil; as the stigmas of some Grasses.

British Dictionary definitions for penicillate


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

Word Origin for penicillate

C19: from Latin pēnicillus brush, pencil
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