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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj peltate (of a leaf shape) round, with the stem attached near the center of the lower surface rather than the margin (as a nasturtium leaf for example)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Peltate Shield-shaped; scutiform; Bot having the stem or support attached to the lower surface, instead of at the base or margin; -- said of a leaf or other organ.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • peltate Shield-shaped; in botany, fixed to the stalk by the center or by some point distinctly within the margin; having the petiole inserted into the under surface of the lamina, not far from the center: as, a peltate leaf.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Peltate shield-shaped
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pelté,. See Pelta
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. peltē.


In literature:

Peltate: shield- or target-shaped.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Leaves almost round, peltate near the edge =MENISPERMACEAE= p. 40.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
True, its crown of peltate leaves declares the species.
"Afloat in the Forest" by Mayne Reid
Each carpel terminates in a peltate head.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
Fruit a circumscissile 2-celled capsule, with one or more peltate seeds in each cell, or an achene.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray