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[lan-see-uh-leyt, -lit] /ˈlæn si əˌleɪt, -lɪt/
shaped like the head of a lance.
narrow, and tapering toward the apex or sometimes at the base, as a leaf.
Origin of lanceolate
1750-60; < Latin lanceolātus armed with a small lance, equivalent to lanceol(a) small lance (lance(a) lance1 + -ola -ole1) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
lanceolately, adverb
sublanceolate, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lanceolate
  • lanceolate refers to an artifact that is long and slender in comparison to the length.
  • Leaves lanceolate, bright green to gray-green, smooth to toothed margin.
  • All the leaves that stand above the water are lanceolate to elliptic to ovate.
  • First true leaves are alternate, lanceolate in outline, and hairy on the upper surfaces.
  • The stems are erect to ascending with alternate, oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate leaves.
  • The leaflets can be lanceolate to oblong, with margins that may be separated into several shallow lobes.
British Dictionary definitions for lanceolate


/ˈlɑːnsɪəˌleɪt; -lɪt/
narrow and tapering to a point at each end: lanceolate leaves
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin lanceolātus, from lanceola small lance
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lanceolate in Science
Tapering from a rounded base toward an apex; lance-shaped. Many willows have lanceolate leaves.
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