Dictionary.com

spatulate

[ spach-uh-lit, -leyt ]
/ ˈspætʃ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /
Save This Word!

adjective

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.

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of spatulate

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

OTHER WORDS FROM spatulate

sub·spat·u·late, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for spatulate

British Dictionary definitions for spatulate

spatulate
/ (ˈspætjʊlɪt) /

adjective

shaped like a spatula
Also: spathulate botany having a narrow base and a broad rounded apexa spatulate leaf
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for spatulate

spatulate
[ spăchə-lĭt ]

adj.

Having a broad flat end.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Book Your Online Tutor Now