from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Anatomy Enlarged and globular at the tip, as a bone of the wrist having a rounded knoblike end.
  • adj. Botany Forming a headlike mass or dense cluster, as the flowers of plants in the composite family.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a distinct globular tip.
  • adj. Forming a dense, head-like cluster, such as the inflorescences of composites.
  • n. The capitate bone of the wrist.
  • v. To pay health-care providers using a capitation system.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Headlike in form; also, having the distal end enlarged and rounded, as the stigmas of certain flowers.
  • adj. Having the flowers gathered into a head.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, head-shaped, or collected in a head, as a dense terminal cluster of sessile or nearly sessile flowers; having a rounded head: as, a capitate stigma.
  • In ornithology, having an enlarged extremity: as, the capitate feather of a peacock's tail.
  • In entomology, suddenly enlarged at the end so as to form a ball or oval mass: applied to the antennæ of insects when this form is produced by several expanded terminal joints, as in most of the Curculionidæ.
  • To put a head upon; specifically, in mathematics, to prefix to (a symbol) a number not less than the highest digit contained in it: thus 12 may be capitated into 212.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being abruptly enlarged and globose at the tip
  • n. the wrist bone with a rounded head shape that articulates with the 3rd metacarpus


Latin capitātus, having a head, from caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin capitatus ("having a head"), from caput ("head") (Wiktionary)



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