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

  • adj. Resembling or functioning as a foot: pedate appendages.
  • adj. Zoology Having feet: pedate larvae.
  • adj. Botany Having palmately divided lobes with the lateral lobes cleft or divided: a pedate leaf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the characteristics of a foot
  • adj. having feet
  • adj. (of a leaf) having deeply divided lobes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Palmate, with the lateral lobes cleft into two or more segments; -- said of a leaf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having divisions like toes; in botany, having the two lateral lobes themselves divided into smaller segments, the midribs of which do not run directly into the common central point, as a palmate leaf, such as the leaf of Helleborus fœtidus.
  • In zoöl:
  • In zoology: Relating or pertaining to the Pedata.

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

  • adj. having or resembling a foot
  • adj. of a leaf shape; having radiating lobes, each deeply cleft or divided


Latin pedātus, past participle of pedāre, to furnish with feet, from pēs, ped-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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