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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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Closer to Dzuduzuana, the site of Gvardjilas Klde is known for its rich microlithic component incorporating, besides microgravettes, large numbers of geometric microliths--triangles and lunates.
Here little Charlotte will accumulate a singular set of ivory pawns: vertebrae, lunates, phalanges and molars.
Though a large volume of sediment was excavated and thoroughly sieved (2mm mesh), no bones were recovered and only a few flint implements were recovered, including eight lunates (Figure 7).
Regional specialities may include the presence of backed points, similar to ones collected by Almagro Basch ata number of coastal sites north of Cabo Juby, such as Smeil el Leben (1946: 107-8) and found with microliths including lunates.
The items were found at the Early Natufian site of Wadi Hammeh 27 (Figure 1) and include an intact sickle and an incomplete bone haft, set amid other groups of artefacts and materials, including five gazelle podia] bones, seven polished alluvial pebbles, 21 lunates (a characteristic type of Natufian flint projectile point) and a flint bladelet core (Edwards 1991a).
A Preliminary Analysis of Microblades, Blade Cores and Lunates from Watgal: A Southern Neolithic Site.
The flint assemblage is also typical of the Early Bronze Age, especially in microlithic lunates, the tabular scrapers, and the microlithic drills (Rosen 1997a: 42, 70-80).
50 m thick, and yielded a microlithic chipped stone industry, previously unknown in the area, dominated by microlithic lunates and sickle-blades.
This layer contained charcoal traces and a previously unknown microlithic flint tool industry characterized by crescent-shaped lunates.
Projectile points are followed by lunates (18%), which also are generally considered to have been used as arrowheads or armatures.