Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to unguiculate: clavicular


 (ŭng-gwĭk′yə-lĭt, -lāt′) also un·guic·u·lat·ed (-lā′tĭd)
1. Having or resembling nails or claws.
2. Zoology Having nails or claws, as opposed to hooves. Used of mammals.
3. Botany Having a claw-shaped base: an unguiculate petal.

[New Latin unguiculātus, from Latin unguiculus, fingernail, diminutive of unguis; see unguis.]


(ʌŋˈɡwɪkjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt) or


1. (Biology) (of mammals) having claws or nails
2. (Botany) (of petals) having a clawlike base
(Biology) an unguiculate mammal
[C19: from New Latin unguiculātus, from Latin unguiculus, diminutive of unguis nail, claw]


(ʌŋˈgwɪk yɛ lɪt, -ˌleɪt)

adj. Also, un•guic′u•lat`ed.
1. bearing or resembling a nail or claw.
2. belonging or pertaining to the former superorder Unguiculata, comprising mammals having nails or claws, as distinguished from hoofs.
3. an unguiculate animal.
[1795–1805; < New Latin unguiculātus < Latin unguicul(us) fingernail (ungu(is)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unguiculate - a mammal having nails or clawsunguiculate - a mammal having nails or claws  
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
Adj.1.unguiculate - having or resembling claws or nailsunguiculate - having or resembling claws or nails; "unguiculate animals"; "an unguiculate flower petal"
hoofed, hooved, ungulate, ungulated - having or resembling hoofs; "horses and other hoofed animals"
References in periodicals archive ?
The flowers are papilionacea type with vexillus subunguiculate, transverse-oblong, deeply emarginate, unguiculate wings, obovate, keels free and elliptical, as suggested by Silva Junior and Santos (2005).
Lip fleshy, flat, unguiculate; the claw semi-cylindrical, with a longitudinal keel, 2-3 mm long; blade 3-lobed, ovate-sagittate, sometimes convex; lateral lobes auricled, retrorse, 1.6 mm long and wide; mid-lobe broadly ovate-peltate, emarginate and minutely apiculate, 5 x 6 mm; callus narrowly triangular to long-acuminate, acute, 2 mm long.