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

  • adj. Having a cusp.
  • adj. Biology Terminating in or tipped with a sharp firm point: a cuspidate leaf apex.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a cusp
  • adj. Tapering to a sharp, firm point

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a sharp end, like the point of a spear; terminating in a hard point.
  • transitive v. To make pointed or sharp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make cuspidate or pointed; sharpen.
  • Furnished with or ending in a cusp or cuspis: mucronate: as, cuspidate leaves (leaves tipped with a sharp rigid point or spine, as in thistles).
  • Specifically, having a single cusp, as a canine tooth.

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

  • adj. having cusps or points


Latin cuspidātus, past participle of cuspidāre, to make pointed, from cuspis, cuspid-, point.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin cuspidatus. (Wiktionary)



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  • to make a point - N.B. not cupidate

    March 22, 2012