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[adjective ri-tik-yuh-lit, -leyt; verb ri-tik-yuh-leyt]
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  1. netted; covered with a network.
  2. netlike.
  3. Botany. having the veins or nerves disposed like the threads of a net.
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verb (used with object), re·tic·u·lat·ed, re·tic·u·lat·ing.
  1. to form into a network.
  2. to cover or mark with a network.
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verb (used without object), re·tic·u·lat·ed, re·tic·u·lat·ing.
  1. to form a network.
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Origin of reticulate

1650–60; < Latin rēticulātus net-like, equivalent to rēticul(um) reticle + -ātus -ate1
Related formsre·tic·u·late·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for reticulate

Historical Examples

  • The stem is subequal, cespitose, reticulate to the base, pulverulent below.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • Reticulate: In the form of a network, like the veins of a leaf (Fig. 146, a).

  • The wall on the north side, of reticulate work, can be distinguished in Fig. 55.

  • The like Reticulate grain is observable in some Russia Leather.

  • They are usually arranged so as to form a reticulate skeleton.

British Dictionary definitions for reticulate


adjective Also: reticular (rɪˈtɪkjʊlə)
  1. in the form of a network or having a network of partsa reticulate leaf
  2. resembling, covered with, or having the form of a net
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verb (rɪˈtɪkjʊˌleɪt)
  1. to form or be formed into a net
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Derived Formsreticulately, adverbreticulation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin rēticulātus made like a net
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Word Origin and History for reticulate


1650s, from Latin reticulatus "having a net-like pattern," from reticulum "little net," diminutive of rete "net," from PIE *ere- (2) "to separate" (see hermit).

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1787, back-formation from reticulated (1728), from reticulate (adj.). Related: Reticulating.

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reticulate in Science


  1. Resembling or forming a net or network, as the veins of some leaves.
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