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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Definitions for sagittate

  1. shaped like an arrowhead.

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Citations for sagittate
In the forks of the great branches repose the large green masses of the Bromeliaceous plants, and up the trunks climb numerous aroids with their huge sagittate leaves. Henry Nottidge Moseley, Notes by a Naturalist on the Challenger, 1879
A sagittate flock of swans winged its way out of the south and alighted on open water. Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Ill-Made Mute, 2001
Origin of sagittate
Sagittate derives from New Latin sagittātus “shaped like an arrowhead” and is restricted entirely to the biological sciences (botany and entomology). In Latin sagittātus is a past participle meaning “shot or wounded by an arrow,” from the verb sagittāre “to discharge or fire arrows.” Sagittate entered English in the mid-18th century.