[puhngk-teyt or puhngk-tey-tid]
- marked with points or dots; having minute spots or depressions.
Origin of punctate
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Examples from the Web for punctate
Stri lineate on the lower part of the valve, punctate on the keel.
Punctate, dotted, either with minute holes or what look as such.The Elements of Botany
All three shell specimens are edge-incised, and two have punctate designs.A Burial Cave in Baja California
William C. Massey
Most of the specimens from the Edwards Plateau have a punctate pattern (Fig. 9).
Valve semicircular, with obtuse apices; stri transverse, punctate; terminal nodules minute and indistinct.
- having or marked with minute spots, holes, or depressions
C18: from New Latin punctātus, from Latin punctum a point
Word Origin and History for punctate
"dotted, marked with dots," 1760, from Modern Latin punctuatus, from Latin punctum "point" (see point). Related: Punctation.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having tiny spots, points, or depressions.
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