from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Botany Having saw-toothed divisions directed backward: runcinate leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having tooth-like projections pointing away from the apex.
- adj. Having a lacerated aspect with the projection pointing away from the apex, like dandelion leaves.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pinnately cut with the lobes pointing downwards, as the leaf of the dandelion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, irregularly saw-toothed or pinnately incised, with the lobes or teeth hooked backward: said chiefly of leaves, as those of the dandelion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having incised margins with the lobes or teeth pointing toward the base; as dandelion leaves
The movement brought the stern to view, with all its garniture-Tritons like those at the bow; name in large raised letters; the rudder at the side; the elevated platform upon which the helmsman sat, a stately figure in full armour, his hand upon the rudder-rope; and the aplustre, high, gilt, carved, and bent over the helmsman like a great runcinate leaf.
See, Miss Esther, look at these runcinate leaves. '
The inner ones may be linear or linear-lanceolate, with or without appendages below the tip; the outer ones may be similar and only shorter, or noticeably larger, erect, spreading or even reflexed, and the color of the involucre may be a pure green or glaucous; the leaves may be nearly entire or pinnatifid, or sinuate-dentate, or very deeply runcinate-pinnatifid, or even pinnately divided, the whole plant being more or less glabrous.