lunate

[loo-neyt]
adjective
1.
Also, lunated. crescent-shaped.
noun
2.
Anatomy. the second bone from the thumb side of the proximal row of bones of the carpus.
3.
a crescent-shaped, microlithic artifact mounted in a haft to form a composite tool, mostly Mesolithic in origin.

Origin:
1770–80; < Latin lūnātus crescent-shaped. See Luna, -ate1

lunately, adverb
semilunate, adjective
semilunated, adjective
sublunate, adjective
sublunated, adjective
unlunate, adjective
unlunated, adjective
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lunate (ˈluːneɪt)
 
adj
1.  anatomy, botany shaped like a crescent
 
n
2.  a crescent-shaped bone forming part of the wrist
 
[C18: from Latin lūnātus crescent-shaped, from lūnāre, from lūna moon]

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lunate lu·nate (lōō'nāt')
adj.
Shaped like a crescent.

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Its external surface forms part of the lunate surface of the acetabulum and a portion of the acetabular fossa.
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