American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Shaped like a spatula.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shaped like a spatula; in zoology and anatomy, spoon-shaped, or rounded more or less like the outlines of a spoon; spatuliform; in botany, shaped like a spatula; resembling a spatula in shape, being oblong or rounded with a long narrow attenuate base: as, a spatulate leaf, petal, or other flattened organ. Also spathulate. See cuts under Eurynorhynchus, paddle-fish, Parotia, Prioniturus, Spathura, and shoveler.
- adj. Shaped like a spatula; having a rounded, flattened extremity.
- adj. botany, of leaf Having a broad, flat end and tapering into a narrower base.
- v. To treat or mix with a spatula.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Nat. Hist.) Shaped like spatula, or like a battledoor, being roundish, with a long, narrow, linear base.
- adj. (of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a narrow base
“Curved on top, perfectly spatulate nails (a sign of intuitive insight), a healthy shell pink, crowning long, slender pianist fingers.”
“ He noticed for the millionth time that her fingertips were slightly spatulate, as if her body needed to touch more, feel more than other people.”
“Her hands are spatulate and flat-nailed, pale, like the rest of her.”
“Her spatulate fingers tapped the floor plans of 5 Curzon Close.”
“If we no longer understand a word they are saying, then we may want to turn to those still willing to call a ‘spade’ a spade rather than a ‘fabricated long-handled domestic or industrial spatulate tool designed to lift and move material from one place to another’.”
“Viz inspected each wing in turn, men his enormous, formidably clawed feet, lastly the broad, spatulate tail.”
“Broad spatulate leaves of olive and black backed the green bloom.”
“His arms were long, his hands huge, with spatulate, magnetic fingers and the soft, unerring touch of a poolshark.”
“He tells us that a character dug in the dirt with “the tines of his stubby and spatulate fingers.””
“With two spatulate hands the handling-machine was digging out and flinging masses of clay into the pear-shaped receptacle above, while with another arm it periodically opened a door and removed rusty and blackened clinkers from the middle part of the machine.”
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