[ 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

Other words from spatulate

  • sub·spat·u·late, adjective

Words Nearby spatulate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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.

British Dictionary definitions for spatulate


/ (ˈspætjʊlɪt) /

  1. shaped like a spatula

  2. Also: spathulate botany having a narrow base and a broad rounded apex: a spatulate leaf

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