from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a flat circular structure attached to a stalk near the center, rather than at or near the margin; shield-shaped: the peltate leaf of the nasturtium.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Shield-shaped; scutiform.
- adj. Having the petiole attached to the lower surface instead of the margin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Shield-shaped; scutiform; (Bot.) having the stem or support attached to the lower surface, instead of at the base or margin; -- said of a leaf or other organ.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shield-shaped; in botany, fixed to the stalk by the center or by some point distinctly within the margin; having the petiole inserted into the under surface of the lamina, not far from the center: as, a peltate leaf.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of a leaf shape) round, with the stem attached near the center of the lower surface rather than the margin (as a nasturtium leaf for example)
Latin peltātus, armed with a small shield, from Latin pelta, small shield, from Greek peltē.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)