[ adjective ri-tik-yuh-lit, -leyt; verb ri-tik-yuh-leyt ]
/ adjective rɪˈtɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt; verb rɪˈtɪk yəˌleɪt /


netted; covered with a network.
Botany. having the veins or nerves disposed like the threads of a net.

verb (used with object), re·tic·u·lat·ed, re·tic·u·lat·ing.

to form into a network.
to cover or mark with a network.

verb (used without object), re·tic·u·lat·ed, re·tic·u·lat·ing.

to form a network.



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Origin of reticulate

1650–60; < Latin rēticulātus net-like, equivalent to rēticul(um) reticle + -ātus -ate1


re·tic·u·late·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for reticulate

/ (rɪˈtɪkjʊlɪt) /

adjective Also: reticular (rɪˈtɪkjʊlə)

in the form of a network or having a network of partsa reticulate leaf
resembling, covered with, or having the form of a net

verb (rɪˈtɪkjʊˌleɪt)

to form or be formed into a net

Derived forms of reticulate

reticulately, adverbreticulation, noun

Word Origin for reticulate

C17: from Late Latin rēticulātus made like a net
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Scientific definitions for reticulate

[ rĭ-tĭkyə-lĭt ]

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