American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Curved and tapering to a point; sickle-shaped.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hooked; curved like a scythe or sickle; falciform: specifically applied in anatomy, zoölogy, and botany to a falciform part or organ having two sharp and nearly parallel edges, curved in one plane and meeting at a point.
- n. A figure resembling a sickle, formed by two curves bending the same way and meeting in a point at the apex, the base terminating in a straight margin.
- adj. Shaped like a sickle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Hooked or bent like a sickle; ; -- said also of the moon, or a planet, when horned or crescent-formed.
- adj. curved like a sickle
- Latin falx (“sickle”) + -ate (“resembling”). (Wiktionary)
- Latin falcātus, from falx, falc-, sickle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mature foliage consists of phyllodes, which may be straight or falcate, acute or sub-falcate,”
“Pinnules oblong, often slightly falcate, entire or toothed.”
“Pinnæ broadly lanceolate-falcate or the lowest triangular, strongly auricled on the upper side, densely spinulose-toothed.”
“Thus, in Pl. 17, fig. 1, it is greatly developed and resembles a large horn with a falcate tip.”
“The two species known as Foxtail Pines are alike in their short entire falcate leaves, persisting for many years and forming long dense foliage-masses.”
“-- Body cylindrical, tapering to the tail; dorsal fin high, falcate, and placed about the middle of the body proper, excluding the tail portion; the forehead with a prominent boss over the snout, which is short; pectoral fins long and narrow; colour uniform leaden black, paler beneath.”
“The back fin rises behind the centre of the back; it is comparatively small, falcate, curved over the top to a blunt point, and concave behind.”
“Muzzle pointed; eyes prominent; ears rather large, sub-naked; fur soft (rarely mixed with spines); pollex rudimentary; claws short; tail moderate or long, scaly, with scattered hairs; no cheek pouches; skull elongate, narrow; temporal ridges nearly parallel; palate compressed; incisive foramina long; auditory bullae moderately large; coronoid process high, falcate; incisors rarely grooved; molars with transverse ridges, each composed in youth of three tubercles" (_Alston_).”
“Skull with marked but rounded supra-orbital ridges continued into temporal ridges; coronoid process high and falcate”
“-- This differs from the last in a "rather smaller, lower, and more falcate dorsal fin, its more pointed and less anteriorly bulging head, and rather shorter and broader pectoral fins”
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