from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. shaped like a fiddle; -- of a leaf shape.
- adj. Inversely ovate, with a deep hollow on each side.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the form of a fiddle or violin; pandurate or panduriform: applied in botany to an obovate leaf which is contracted above the base.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of a leaf shape) having rounded ends and a contracted center
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When people talk of a horse as an ugly animal I think of its beautiful moments, but when I hear a flow of indiscriminate praise of its beauty I think of such an aspect as one gets for example from a dog-cart, the fiddle-shaped back, and that distressing blade of the neck, the narrow clumsy place between the ears, and the ugly glimpse of cheek.
A large fiddle-shaped instrument held between the legs.
Marble figurines 'fiddle-shaped' from Naxos and Paros (III, Fig. 6).
The _first glume_ is somewhat fiddle-shaped, dilated above the middle into an orbicular wing, and towards the base into two auricles joined by a transverse ridge, scaberulous, 5-nerved.
The leaves are small (¼in. to ¾in. across) somewhat fiddle-shaped, of good substance, and having slender stalks; they are alternate and distantly arranged on the long trailing and climbing stems.
The chairs had a narrow, fairly high back, with a central splat spoon-shaped and later fiddle-shaped.
They were more open backed than in Charles's time and had two uprights and a spoon-or fiddle-shaped splat to support the sitter's back.
It extends from the heads of the outer rods of Corti to the external row of the outer hair cells, and is formed by several rows of minute fiddle-shaped cuticular structures, called phalanges, between which are circular apertures containing the free ends of the hair cells.
In the ampullæ the wall is thickened, and projects into the cavity as a fiddle-shaped, transversely placed elevation, the septum transversum, in which the nerves end.
But then she would face outward and crane her neck over the fathomless void of that bottomless pit, and for a space of moments would gaze steadily downward, with a despondent droop of her fiddle-shaped head and a suicidal gleam in her mournful eyes.