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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj spatulate (of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a narrow base
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Spatulate (Nat. Hist) Shaped like spatula, or like a battledoor, being roundish, with a long, narrow, linear base.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spatulate Shaped like a spatula; in zoology and anatomy, spoon-shaped, or rounded more or less like the outlines of a spoon; spatuliform; in botany, shaped like a spatula; resembling a spatula in shape, being oblong or rounded with a long narrow attenuate base: as, a spatulate leaf, petal, or other flattened organ. Also spathulate. See cuts under Eurynorhynchus, paddle-fish, Parotia, Prioniturus, Spathura, and shoveler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Spatulate shaped like a spatula
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. spatulatus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spatula, spathula, dim. of spatha—Gr. spathē.


In literature:

You observe the spatulate finger-ends, Watson, which is common to both professions?
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
You observe the spatulate finger-end, Watson, which is common to both professions?
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Did these women know what a spatulated effect their feet so shod produce, no law would be needed.
"Lady Baltimore" by Owen Wister
The spear of the desert man is either sharp pointed, spatulate pointed, or barbed.
"Spinifex and Sand" by David W Carnegie
Operculum spatulate, or pointed above, entire.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
Stir it often with a woodden spatule or spoon, that it burn not to the bottom: But break it not.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
Spatulate fingers show invention and energy.
"The Title Market" by Emily Post
A coarse variety, with broad, spatulate leaves.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Spatulate: rounded and broad at top, attenuate at base.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
These are spatulate in form, with a terraced terminal marking.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
Short, spatulate fingers, with a broad palm, appear to be a feature of the successful engineer.
"Opportunities in Engineering" by Charles M. Horton
It is more or less spatulate, the upper side somewhat concave, and the lower somewhat convex.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Stem-leaves narrowly oblong-spatulate, more than 5 mm.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
Potts winced as spatulate fingers almost met through his biceps.
"A Thought For Tomorrow" by Robert E. Gilbert
I see her two reddish, porous, spatulate hands pounce on things, I hear the clash of utensils.
"Woman" by Magdeleine Marx
That elderly bay gelding with the spatulate feet was an ideal desert mount.
"Lodges in the Wilderness" by William Charles Scully
In the spatulate flattened stalk these two specimens are much alike.
"The Baculum in Microtine Rodents" by Sydney Anderson
This has spatulate, wavy-margined leaves; which are pale and not veined with white, and its scapes are more slender.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Petals 5, spatulate, small, entire.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
The hand necessary, or spatulated; 3.
"The Jenolan Caves" by Samuel Cook