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 (lo͞o′nāt′) also lu·nat·ed (-nā′tĭd)
Shaped like a crescent.
Archaeology A small stone artifact, probably an arrowhead, with a blunt straight edge and a sharpened, crescent-shaped back, especially characteristic of the Mesolithic Period.

[Latin lūnātus, past participle of lūnāre, to bend like a crescent, from lūna, moon; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]


(Anatomy) anatomy botany shaped like a crescent
(Anatomy) a crescent-shaped bone forming part of the wrist
[C18: from Latin lūnātus crescent-shaped, from lūnāre, from lūna moon]


(ˈlu neɪt)

also lu′nat•ed,

shaped like a crescent.
[1770–80; < Latin lūnātus. See Luna, -ate1]
lu′nate•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lunate - resembling the new moon in shape
rounded - curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged; "low rounded hills"; "rounded shoulders"
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Referenced Africological information included a description of tools by the author in order to trace the origins and developments of "arrow straighteners, bead rubbers and poison stones," "man-made stone edged implements," and "stones, together with numerous lunates, bone-arrow points and link-shafts all over Africa" (40).
Methods: This study investigated the intraosseous arterial pattern of six normal cadaveric lunates through Pb[sub]3O[sub]4injection and three-dimensional reconstruction with micro-CT.
Here little Charlotte will accumulate a singular set of ivory pawns: vertebrae, lunates, phalanges and molars.