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[spach-uh-lit, -leyt] /ˈspætʃ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
shaped like a spatula; rounded more or less like a spoon.
Botany. having a broad, rounded end and a narrow, attenuate base, as a leaf.
Origin of spatulate
1750-60; < New Latin spatulātus. See spatula, -ate1
Related forms
subspatulate, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spatulate
  • The sundew's red and green, spatulate leaves are covered with sticky hairs.
  • The thoracic claws may possess subtending spatulate setae.
  • The smooth-edged leaves range from oval to spatulate in shape and are clustered in tight bunches close to the branches.
  • Its stems and spatulate-shaped leaves are densely spreading and hairy.
  • Cotyledons ovate to spatulate and scurfy on the lower surface.
  • The spatulate nozzle was hand-built separately and later attached to the body.
  • Petals white, usually shorter than the sepals, narrowly clawed and with an oblanceolate to spatulate blade.
  • The body tapers to a spatulate, dorsoventrally flattened tail.
British Dictionary definitions for spatulate


shaped like a spatula
(botany) Also spathulate. having a narrow base and a broad rounded apex: a spatulate leaf
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spatulate in Medicine

spatulate spat·u·late (spāch'ə-lĭt)
Having a broad flat end.

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