sagittate

[ saj-i-teyt ]
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adjectiveBiology.
  1. shaped like an arrowhead: sagittate leaves of the calla lily;sagittate markings on a moth.

Origin of sagittate

1
First recorded in 1750–60; from New Latin sagittātus “shaped like an arrowhead,” from Latin sagittātus “shot or wounded by an arrow,” past participle of sagittāre “to shoot or discharge arrows,” derivative of sagitta; see Sagitta;see origin at -ate1
  • Also sa·git·ti·form [suh-jit-uh-fawrm, saj-i-tuh-]. /səˈdʒɪt əˌfɔrm, ˈsædʒ ɪ tə-/.

Other words from sagittate

  • half-sag·it·tate, adjective

Words Nearby sagittate

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How to use sagittate in a sentence

  • The above species may be recognised by its reniform leaves (sagittate in the others), which are also fleshy.

    The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
  • Its leaves are erect, lanceolate, sagittate, with a wavy margin; and the upper ones clasp the stem.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
  • Its spreading radical leaves are deeply toothed, and narrower towards the base; and the stem leaves are narrow and sagittate.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
  • The leaves are smooth, linear, and sagittate, terminating in a sharp point.

    The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
  • Tongue, sagittate, slender, tapering to a slit and lacerated point.

British Dictionary definitions for sagittate

sagittate

sagittiform (səˈdʒɪtɪˌfɔːm, ˈsædʒ-)

/ (ˈsædʒɪˌteɪt) /


adjective
  1. (esp of leaves) shaped like the head of an arrow

Origin of sagittate

1
C18: from New Latin sagittātus, from Latin sagitta arrow

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