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.
- sub·spat·u·late, adjective
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How to use spatulate in a sentence
Short, spatulate fingers, with a broad palm, appear to be a feature of the successful engineer.Opportunities in Engineering | Charles M. Horton
It was a characteristic hand, broad, with spatulate fingernails and a black star on the fleshy ball between forefinger and thumb.The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
Behold the brands of the true criminal—'enormous zygomae,' 'ear lobes attached to the cheek,' 'spatulate fingernails——'The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
Every hand artist will be found to have spatulate-fingered hands—in short, muscular hands.How to Analyze People on Sight | Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Note the spatulate terminations and the spines of the shaft, 11.The Appendages, Anatomy, and Relationships of Trilobites | Percy Edward Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for spatulate
shaped like a spatula
Also: spathulate botany having a narrow base and a broad rounded apex: a spatulate leaf
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