Subulate Su"bu*late, Subulated Su"bu*la`ted, a. [NL. subulatus, fr. L. subula an awl.] Very narrow, and tapering gradually to a fine point from a broadish base; awl-shaped; linear. [1913 Webster]

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  • subulate — [so͞o′byo͞o lit, so͞o′byo͞olāt΄] adj. [ModL subulatus < L subula, an awl < * sudhla < suere,SEW] Biol. slender and tapering to a point; awl shaped …   English World dictionary

  • subulate — adjective Etymology: New Latin subulatus, from Latin subula awl, from suere to sew more at sew Date: 1748 linear and tapering to a fine point < a subulate leaf > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • subulate — awl shaped …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • subulate — adj. [L. subula, awl] Shaped like an awl; slender and tapering to a point, with sides convex …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • subulate — /sooh byeuh lit, layt /, adj. Biol. slender, somewhat cylindrical, and tapering to a point; awlshaped. [1750 60; < NL subulatus, equiv. to L subul(a) awl + atus ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • subulate — adjective Awl shaped; tapering into a sharp point from a broader base …   Wiktionary

  • subulate — awl shaped Shapes and Resemblance …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • subulate — [ su:bjʊleɪt, lət] adjective Botany & Zoology slender and tapering to a point; awl shaped. Origin C18: from L. subula awl + ate2 …   English new terms dictionary

  • subulate — a.; (also subulated) Awl shaped, linear …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • subulate —   Narrow and drawn out to a fine point; awl shaped, e.g. the megasporophyll lobes of Cycas multipinnata …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

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