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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.

Etymologies

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

Latin pēnicillus, brush; see pencil + -ate2.

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