[adjective ri-tik-yuh-lit, -leyt; verb ri-tik-yuh-leyt]


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.

Nearby words

  1. reticular formation,
  2. reticular membrane,
  3. reticular substance,
  4. reticular tissue,
  5. reticularly,
  6. reticulate python,
  7. reticulated bone,
  8. reticulated tracery,
  9. reticulately,
  10. reticulation

Origin of reticulate

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

Related formsre·tic·u·late·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reticulated


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 Formsreticulately, adverbreticulation, noun

Word Origin for reticulate

C17: from Late Latin rēticulātus made like a net

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Word Origin and History for reticulated
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Science definitions for reticulated



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