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falcate

[fal-keyt] /ˈfæl keɪt/
adjective
1.
curved like a scythe or sickle; hooked; falciform.
Also, falcated.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Latin falcātus sickle-shaped, equivalent to falc- (stem of falx) sickle + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
subfalcate, adjective
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Examples from the web for falcate
  • They have a long pointed beak and a tall, falcate dorsal fin that is located mid-back.
  • The dorsal fin located midway down its back is small, slightly falcate, and triangular in shape.
  • Genetically characterize tetraploid and diploid yellow-flowered falcate-type alfalfas.
  • The dorsal fin, located mid-back, is tall and falcate with a broad base.
British Dictionary definitions for falcate

falcate

/ˈfælkeɪt/
adjective
1.
(biology) shaped like a sickle
Word Origin
C19: from Latin falcātus, from falx sickle
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Word Origin and History for falcate
adj.

1826, from Latin falcatus, from falcem (nominative falx) "sickle."

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falcate in Medicine

falcate fal·cate (fāl'kāt')
adj.
Falciform.

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