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 (fă-stĭj′ē-ĭt) also fas·tig·i·at·ed (-ē-ā′tĭd)
adj. Botany
Having erect, clustered, almost parallel branches, as in the Lombardy poplar.

[Medieval Latin fastīgiātus, high, from Latin fastīgium, apex, height.]

fas·tig′i·ate·ly adv.


(fæˈstɪdʒɪɪt; -ˌeɪt) or


1. (Botany) (of plants) having erect branches, often appearing to form a single column with the stem
2. (Zoology) (of parts or organs) united in a tapering group
[C17: from Medieval Latin fastīgiātus lofty, from Latin fastīgium height]


(fæˈstɪdʒ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt)

also fas•tig′i•at`ed,

1. rising to a pointed top.
2. Bot. erect and parallel, as branches.
[1655–65; < Latin fastīgi(um) height, highest point + -ate1]


- Means "sloping up to a point."
See also related terms for sloping.


A form of growth where the branches grow up vertically almost parallel to the main stem.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fastigiate - having clusters of erect branches (often appearing to form a single column)
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
erect, upright, vertical - upright in position or posture; "an erect stature"; "erect flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he sat bolt upright"
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