[ spach-uh-lit, -leyt ]
/ ˈspætʃ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /


shaped like a spatula; rounded more or less like a spoon.
Botany. having a broad, rounded end and a narrow, attenuate base, as a leaf.

Origin of spatulate

From the New Latin word spatulātus, dating back to 1750–60. See spatula, -ate1

Related forms

sub·spat·u·late, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for spatulate


/ (ˈspætjʊlɪt) /


shaped like a spatula
Also: spathulate botany having a narrow base and a broad rounded apexa spatulate leaf

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Medicine definitions for spatulate


[ spăchə-lĭt ]


Having a broad flat end.

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