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 (so͞o′byə-lĭt, -lāt′, sŭb′yə-)
adj. Biology
Tapering to a point; awl-shaped: a subulate leaf.

[New Latin sūbulātus, from Latin sūbula, awl; see syū- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈsuːbjəlɪt; -ˌleɪt)
(Botany) (esp of plant parts) tapering to a point; awl-shaped
[C18: from New Latin subulatus like an awl, from Latin sūbula awl]
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(ˈsu byə lɪt, -ˌleɪt)

adj. Biol.
slender, somewhat cylindrical, and tapering to a point; awl-shaped.
[1750–60; < New Latin sūbulātus= Latin sūbul(a) awl + -ātus -ate1]
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Leaves subulate, stiff, sessile, with spines, entire or with 1-5 spinescent lobes on both sides in basal half.
Gynoecium glabrous, bicarpellate; ovary with both locules fertile; styles 2, long and very slender, subulate, terminating in minute apical stigmas, bent in bud.
Cerci of male long, strongly curved, pointed apically; cerci of female thin, distinctly curved, subulate. Subgenital plate of male short, not longer than cerci, with moderate apical notch, without styles; in female triangular.
Podetia 20-30 mm x 0.7-2 mm, brownish to green, simple or irregularly branching above the basal part, generally subulate, with closed axils.
Leaves odd pinnate, petioles 0.6-3 cm long; leaflets 5-9 opposite or irregularly arranged, cuneate obovate to narrowly oblanceolate, 0.5-2.5 cm long; stipules subulate, 2-6 mm long, semipersistent.
Leaves 35-40, densely arranged, coriaceous; sheaths broader than the blades, the older ones forming a globose base, 4-5.5 x 4-5 cm; blades sublinear, nearly flat near the base, canaliculate and obtusely carinate abaxially at middle, and subulate toward the apex, suberect to nearly erect, 10-12 cm long, ca.
Leaves alternate, rigid; sessile, clasping; blades linear, ovate, subulate to oblong, parallel veins in the sheathing portion and one prominent central vein in the blade, margin entire, revolute, glabrous above, pubescent beneath.