American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having or resembling a tuft or brush of fine hairs, as those on caterpillars and certain grasses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Forming or formed into a little tuft or brush, especially at the end or tip: as, a penicillate tail; the penicillate or brushy tongue of a lory.
- Provided with a penicillium.
- Streaky; scratchy; penciled.
- In entomology, specifically, provided with penicils.
- In botany, pencil-shaped; consisting of a bundle of hairs resembling those of a hair pencil. Sometimes erroneously used for feather-shaped or feathery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Latin pēnicillus, brush; see pencil + -ate2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the latter case the branch is a series of very short leafless joints terminated by a crowded penicillate tuft of leaves (fig. 12-b).”
“Morse said he noticed flowing tentacles and dark eyespots that are typical of a penicillate jelly, Polyorchis penicillatus.”
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