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[ruhn-suh-nit, -neyt]
  1. (of a leaf) pinnately incised, with the lobes or teeth curved backward.
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Origin of runcinate

1770–80; < Latin runcinātus (past participle of runcināre to plane), equivalent to runcin(a) carpenter's plane + -ātus -ate1
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Historical Examples

  • Runcinate: notched: cut into several transverse acute segments which point backward.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

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British Dictionary definitions for runcinate


  1. (of a leaf) having a saw-toothed margin with the teeth or lobes pointing backwards
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin runcīnātus, from Latin runcīnāre to plane off, from runcīna a carpenter's plane
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Word Origin and History for runcinate


1776, "saw-toothed," from Modern Latin runcinatus, from Latin runcina "a (carpenter's) plane."

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