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

  • adj. Having a flat circular structure attached to a stalk near the center, rather than at or near the margin; shield-shaped: the peltate leaf of the nasturtium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shield-shaped; scutiform.
  • adj. Having the petiole attached to the lower surface instead of the margin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shield-shaped; scutiform; (Bot.) having the stem or support attached to the lower surface, instead of at the base or margin; -- said of a leaf or other organ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shield-shaped; in botany, fixed to the stalk by the center or by some point distinctly within the margin; having the petiole inserted into the under surface of the lamina, not far from the center: as, a peltate leaf.

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

  • adj. (of a leaf shape) round, with the stem attached near the center of the lower surface rather than the margin (as a nasturtium leaf for example)


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

Latin peltātus, armed with a small shield, from Latin pelta, small shield, from Greek peltē.



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  • And, literally, shield-shaped

    July 20, 2007

  • In botany, having a stalk attached not at the margin as in most leaves, but toward the center.

    June 12, 2007