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Shaped like a spatula.
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1. shaped like a spatula
2. (Botany) botany Also: spathulate having a narrow base and a broad rounded apex: a spatulate leaf.
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(ˈspætʃ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt)

1. shaped like a spatula; broad or rounded.
2. Bot. broadly rounded with a narrow, tapering base.
[1750–60; < New Latin spatulātus. See spatula, -ate1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spatulate - (of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a narrow base
unsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
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References in classic literature ?
With two spatulate hands the handling-machine was digging out and flinging masses of clay into the pear-shaped receptacle above, while with another arm it periodically opened a door and removed rusty and black- ened clinkers from the middle part of the machine.
They had been so long in contact with the earth that it had become absorbed into the very pores of his skin; but they were powerful hands, interesting, with long palms and spatulate fingers.
You observe the spatulate finger-ends, Watson, which is common to both professions.
They are easy to spot because both male and female birds have large spatulate bills, as is perfectly illustrated in Mark Walpole's excellent photograph.
Vesicles are spherical to sub-spherical, or pyriform to spatulate, 8-15 [micro]m in diameter.
To facilitate this, we spatulate the ureter, making a vertical incision of often about 5 mm in length to increase our surface area for anastomosis.
11) with median lobe constricted at mid-length, apically spatulate. Paramere broad basally, rapidly narrowing, subparallel through most of length to apical membrane; apex with 2 long, hair-like setae and 4 short, bristle-like subapical spiniform setae along lateral margin; ventrally separate, articulate.
In the associated laboratory manual, the exercise for "attributing ancestry using cranial anthroposcopy" has only this trait for teeth: Upper incisors--Spatulate (Whites), Spatulate (Blacks), Shoveled (Asians).
- Paramere broad, with well-developed inner spine and ridge; penial lobes spatulate, vesica shorter than penial lobes ..........................................................................
Mesal pair (mp) of labro-epipharyngeal setae spatulate (broad) whereas second pair (p2) stout (narrow).
Remove and then spatulate a portion of the ureter on each end, and take care to place the suture knots on the outside of the ureter.