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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Shaped like a pan, dish, or cup: the patelliform shell of the limpet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the shape of a patella.
  • adj. Resembling a limpet of the genus Patella.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the form of a patella.
  • adj. Resembling a limpet of the genus Patella.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the shape of a patella or kneepan. Also patellate.
  • Having the form of a depressed and generally oblong cone or disk, hollow or un-partitioned within.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. shaped like a dish or pan

Etymologies

Latin patella, small plate, pan; see patella + -form.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin patellaĀ ("shallow dish") + -form (Wiktionary)

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