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Shaped like a sword, as the leaf of an iris.

[Latin ēnsis, sword + -form.]


biology shaped like a sword blade: ensiform leaves.
[C16: from Latin ensis sword]


(ˈɛn səˌfɔrm)

sword-shaped; xiphoid: an ensiform leaf.
[1535–45; < Latin ēnsi(s) sword + -form]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ensiform - shaped like a sword bladeensiform - shaped like a sword blade; "the iris has an ensiform leaf"
unsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
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From Figure 4(a), we see there are innumerable various plant leaves, but these leaves can be clustered into several similar classes by leaf shape description or similarity measure, such as Acerose, Linear, Gladiate, Ensiform, Oblanceolate, Ovate, Oval, Obovate, and Elliptic.
Antennae ensiform, dark brown (usually purple or black in Nautia), as long as or much longer than the head and pronotum.
[The leaves] are named: cuneiform and ensiform, spathulate and saggitate and their margins are serrated, lapidary, lobed (17) The language that describes (or names) the fossil leaves implies their remembered living embodiment, and the act of inscription is related to the speaker's sense of groundedness in her self.