from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or resembling a tuft or brush of fine hairs, as those on caterpillars and certain grasses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having tufts of fine hairs, or in the form of a tuft of fine hairs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the form of a pencil; furnished with a pencil of fine hairs; ending in a tuft of hairs like a camel's-hair brush, as the stigmas of some grasses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Forming or formed into a little tuft or brush, especially at the end or tip: as, a penicillate tail; the penicillate or brushy tongue of a lory.
- Provided with a penicillium.
- Streaky; scratchy; penciled.
- In entomology, specifically, provided with penicils.
- In botany, pencil-shaped; consisting of a bundle of hairs resembling those of a hair pencil.
In the latter case the branch is a series of very short leafless joints terminated by a crowded penicillate tuft of leaves (fig. 12-b).
Morse said he noticed flowing tentacles and dark eyespots that are typical of a penicillate jelly, Polyorchis penicillatus.