American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Anatomy Enlarged and globular at the tip, as a bone of the wrist having a rounded knoblike end.
- adj. Botany Forming a headlike mass or dense cluster, as the flowers of plants in the composite family.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, head-shaped, or collected in a head, as a dense terminal cluster of sessile or nearly sessile flowers; having a rounded head: as, a capitate stigma.
- In ornithology, having an enlarged extremity: as, the capitate feather of a peacock's tail.
- In entomology, suddenly enlarged at the end so as to form a ball or oval mass: applied to the antennæ of insects when this form is produced by several expanded terminal joints, as in most of the Curculionidæ.
- To put a head upon; specifically, in mathematics, to prefix to (a symbol) a number not less than the highest digit contained in it: thus 12 may be capitated into 212.
- adj. anatomy Having a distinct globular tip.
- adj. botany Forming a dense, head-like cluster, such as the inflorescences of composites.
- n. anatomy The capitate bone of the wrist.
- v. US To pay health-care providers using a capitation system.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Headlike in form; also, having the distal end enlarged and rounded, as the stigmas of certain flowers.
- adj. (Bot.) Having the flowers gathered into a head.
- adj. being abruptly enlarged and globose at the tip
- n. the wrist bone with a rounded head shape that articulates with the 3rd metacarpus
- From Latin capitatus ("having a head"), from caput ("head") (Wiktionary)
- Latin capitātus, having a head, from caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As Mesorhopella but golden, antenna short, capitate, club equal funicle, funicles transverse.”
“It had been an extended ordeal of vomit and hallucination, a long night spent surfing alternating waves of horror and ecstasy-and in the shaky morning when End of Time had finally showed himself, pyramid head and all, Smithe (less overwhelmed by the sight of that capitate curiosity than he might normally have been) found himself somehow disinclined, even unable, to interrogate the medicine man along the lines that he had so carefully prepared.”
“Small bundles of up to 5 pedunculate capitate inflorescences arise in axillary positions on the young parts of shoots.”
“Spikes 1/6 to 1/4 inch or a little more, capitate, spreading.”
“The spikelets are sessile, 3 to 12 flowered, 2 to 3-seriate, secund, laterally compressed and forming digitate whorled or capitate spikes, not joined at the base; rachilla continuous between the flowering glumes.”
“In _P. farinosa_ the germen is broadly obovate and the stigma capitate; here the germen is globose and the stigma has five points.”
“Halteres: the poisers or balancers: capitate movable filaments in”
“This has been observed in pelargoniums and in the Chinese primrose, in both of which the effect was to replace the umbellate form of inflorescence by a capitate one.”
“The medial surface presents two articular facets; of these, the superior or smaller is flattened of semilunar form, and articulates with the lunate bone; the inferior or larger is concave, forming with the lunate a concavity for the head of the capitate bone.”
“The medial surface is concave and smooth in front, for articulation with the capitate; rough behind, for the attachment of an interosseous ligament.”
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