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[stel-it, -eyt]
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  1. like the form of a conventionalized figure of a star; star-shaped.
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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 formsstel·late·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for stellate



  1. resembling a star in shape; radiating from the centrea stellate arrangement of petals
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Derived Formsstellately, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin stellātus starry, from stellāre to stud with stars, from stella a star
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Word Origin and History for stellate


c.1500, "star-spangled," from Latin stellatus "covered with stars," past participle of stellare "to set with stars," from stella (see star (n.)). Meaning "star-shaped" is recorded from 1660s.

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stellate in Medicine


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