[ stel-it, -eyt ]
/ ˈstɛl ɪt, -eɪt /


like the form of a conventionalized figure of a star; star-shaped.
Often stel·lat·ed [stel-ei-tid] /ˈstɛl ɛɪ tɪd/.

Origin of stellate

1490–1500; < Latin stellātus starry, equivalent to stell(a) star + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

stel·late·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stellate



/ (ˈstɛlɪt, -eɪt) /


resembling a star in shape; radiating from the centrea stellate arrangement of petals

Derived Forms

stellately, adverb

Word Origin for stellate

C16: from Latin stellātus starry, from stellāre to stud with stars, from stella a star
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Medicine definitions for stellate


[ stĕlāt′ ]


Arranged or shaped like a star; radiating from a center.
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