[spach-uh-lit, -leyt]
  1. shaped like a spatula; rounded more or less like a spoon.
  2. 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 formssub·spat·u·late, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for spatulate


  1. shaped like a spatula
  2. Also: spathulate botany having a narrow base and a broad rounded apexa spatulate leaf
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spatulate in Medicine


  1. Having a broad flat end.
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