from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Biology Tapering to a point; awl-shaped: a subulate leaf.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Awl-shaped; tapering into a sharp point from a broader base.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Very narrow, and tapering gradually to a fine point from a broadish base; awl-shaped; linear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Awlshaped; subuliform; in bot., zoöl., etc., slender, more or less cylindrical, and tapering to a point. See awl-shaped, 2.
AUSTRALIS, but the leaflets are fewer and smaller, and the subulate glands of that species are wanting. —
If the anthers are pulled, the filaments are separated from them and remain as subulate white pointed processes.
Dianthoides, several Astragali, one with the pinnulae dentato serratis, petiola spinosa, a tufted Monocotyledonous plant with terete canaliculate subulate leaves, _Salvia_, Gramen alterum, Composita dislocata,
The _L. spica_, which is the only species besides _L. vera_ hardy in this country, was formerly considered only a variety of _L. vera_; it is distinguished by its lower habit, much whiter color, the leaves more congested at the base of the branches, the spikes denser and shorter, the floral leaves lanceolate or linear, and the presence of linear and subulate bractes.
The _first glume_ is lanceolate, subulate, acuminate, 2-nerved, flattened dorsally, coriaceous at the base and hyaline above it, and with smooth incurved margins.
Female spikelets are collected in large globose heads of stellately spreading very long rigid rod-like processes surrounded by shorter subulate bracts.
The _inflorescence_ is 1 to 3 inches long, consisting of distant sessile fascicles of four to six spikelets; the _rachis_ of the spike is flexuous; the _rachis_ of the fascicles ends in three subulate empty glumes.
The _leaf-sheath_ is glabrous or slightly hairy, the upper ones being shorter and dilated into spathes with subulate tips.
Spathes are 1/8 to 1/3 inch long, sessile or pedicellate, green, cymbiform, with subulate tips.
_Involucels_ usually with two, rarely three spikelets, loosely imbricate, rounded at the base; the inner bristles are erect, dorsally flat, subulate-lanceolate, puberulous and with thickened margins, about 1/8 inch long.
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