Definitions

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

  • adj. Botany Lance-shaped but broadest above the middle and tapering toward the base: an oblanceolate leaf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a reversed lanceolate shape: attached to the stem by the pointed end, with the other end rounded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lanceolate in the reversed order, that is, narrowing toward the point of attachment more than toward the apex.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, shaped like a lance-point reversed — that is, having the tapering point next the leafstalk: said of certain leaves. See lanceolate.

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

  • adj. (of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a tapering base

Etymologies

ob- + lanceolate (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The _third glume_ is broadly elliptic or ovate, concave, awned, 3-nerved, with margins densely bearded above the middle and sparsely bearded dorsally on both the sides of the mid-nerve; the _palea_ is oblanceolate, as long as the glume, folded inside along the margins and outside along the middle, enclosing three _stamens_ and _ovary_.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • The _second glume_ is lanceolate, membranous, hairy at the top, 3-nerved with margins infolded; _palea_ is oblanceolate, thinly membranous, nerveless and ciliated at the top; there are three _stamens_ and two

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

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