from The Century Dictionary.
- Having the shape of an awl.
- In botany), slender and tapering toward the extremity from a broadish base, as a leaf; subulate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Shaped like an awl.
- adjective (Nat. Hist.) Subulate. See
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- adjective shaped like an awl
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This, for example, may be short and conical like a Canary's, awl-shaped like the bill of a
The corolla is bell-shaped, the five divisions being deeply cut, which allows the flower to expand well; the calyx is neat and smooth, the segments long and awl-shaped; the flower stalks are short, causing the numerous erect branches to be closely furnished with bloom during favourable weather.
On examination of the ordinary inflorescence, there will be seen at the base of the upper of two flowers a small rudimentary bract, having a swollen circular or ring-like base, from which proceeds a small awl-shaped process, representing the midrib of an abortive leaf.
The leaves are ½in. to 1in. long, pinnate, leaflets awl-shaped, reflexed, and of a deep glistening green colour; they are arranged in minute tufts on stoutish branchlets, and, for the most part, have a single berry at the parent node.
The flowers are produced in terminal clusters, one large flower being surrounded by a whorl of smaller ones; they are of a rich purplish-blue inside the corolla, which is rotate; the segments (mitre-shaped) and the spaces between are prettily furnished with a feathery fringe; the wide tube is also finely striped inside; the calyx is tubular, having long awl-shaped segments; the stems are procumbent, firm (almost woody), short jointed, and thickest near the top.
The leaves, which are produced in tufts, are seven or eight inches in length, erect and cylindrical, or awl-shaped.
At the base of each tuft, from the apex to 1 ft. or more down the younger branches, there is a fleshy, green, awl-shaped leaf, from 2 in. to 5 in. long.
The flowers are lilac-rose; calyx, tubular; corolla of five petals, narrow and notched; leaves, awl-shaped, short, bent, and opposite; stems, branched, dense and trailing.
Petioles very short, clasping the stem at their base, with 2 intermediate stipules ending in two awl-shaped points.
Nectary divided in 5 parts, straight, awl-shaped and 2-nerved.