- (of a leaf) pinnately incised, with the lobes or teeth curved backward.
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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Examples from the Web for runcinate
Runcinate: notched: cut into several transverse acute segments which point backward.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- (of a leaf) having a saw-toothed margin with the teeth or lobes pointing backwards
C18: from New Latin runcīnātus, from Latin runcīnāre to plane off, from runcīna a carpenter's plane
Word Origin and History for runcinate
1776, "saw-toothed," from Modern Latin runcinatus, from Latin runcina "a (carpenter's) plane."
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