Botany. forming or shaped like a head or dense cluster.
Biology. having an enlarged or swollen, headlike termination.

1655–65; < Latin capitātus headed, equivalent to capit- (stem of caput) head + -ātus -ate1

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capitate (ˈkæpɪˌteɪt)
1.  botany shaped like a head, as certain flowers or inflorescences
2.  zoology having an enlarged headlike end: a capitate bone
[C17: from Latin capitātus having a (large) head, from caput head]

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1661, from L. capitatus "headed," from caput "head" (see head).
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capitate cap·i·tate (kāp'ĭ-tāt')
Enlarged and globular at the tip, as a bone of the wrist having a rounded, knoblike end.

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capitate   (kāp'ĭ-tāt')  Pronunciation Key 
Noun   The largest of the carpal bones.

Adjective   Forming a headlike mass or dense cluster, as the flowers of plants in the composite family.
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