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

  • adj. Tapering from a rounded base toward an apex; lance-shaped: lanceolate leaves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the general shape of a lance; much longer than wide, with the widest part lower than the middle and a pointed apex.
  • adj. Of a class of knapped stone points, made without a stem, shoulders, notches, or other features that aid in attachment to a shaft.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rather narrow, tapering to a point at the apex, and sometimes at the base also.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shaped like a lance-head; in botany, several times longer than broad, and tapering from a rounded base toward the apex, or tapering in both directions: by some restricted to the latter case: said of leaves, scales, marks, etc.

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

  • adj. (of a leaf shape) shaped like a lance head; narrow and tapering to a pointed apex


Late Latin lanceol─ütus, from Latin lanceola, diminutive of Latin lancea, lance; see lance.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin lanceolatus. (Wiktionary)



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