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Saturday, December 29, 2012

fastigiate

\fa-STIJ-ee-it\ , adjective;
1.
Rising to a pointed top.
2.
Zoology. Joined together in a tapering adhering group.
3.
Botany. A. Erect and parallel, as branches. B. Having such branches.
Quotes:
As Rachel's neighbour was to be an Irish Water Spaniel's swamp cypress, likely to spread with time, they had opted for something deciduous and columnar, a fastigiate English oak.
-- Patrick Gale, Notes from an Exhibition
Taking Panfilo through the garden, she pointed up to a stained-glass window flanked on either side by two fastigiate poplars.
-- Mary Rhinehart, "The Song of Red Tower," The Stories of the Surge
Origin:
Fastigiate comes from the Latin word fastīgi which meant "height."
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