unguiculate

unguiculate

[uhng-gwik-ye-lit, -leyt]
adjective Also, unguiculated.
1.
bearing or resembling a nail or claw.
2.
Zoology. belonging or pertaining to the former superorder Unguiculata, comprising mammals having nails or claws, as distinguished from hoofs.
3.
Botany. having a clawlike base, as certain petals.
noun
4.
an unguiculate animal.

Origin:
1795–1805; < Neo-Latin unguiculātus, equivalent to Latin unguicul(us) fingernail (ungu(is) (see unguis) + -i- -i- + -culus -cule1) + -ātus -ate1

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unguiculate (ʌŋˈɡwɪkjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
 
adj
1.  (of mammals) having claws or nails
2.  (of petals) having a clawlike base
 
n
3.  an unguiculate mammal
 
[C19: from New Latin unguiculātus, from Latin unguiculus, diminutive of unguis nail, claw]

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