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

  • adj. Shaped like a spatula.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shaped like a spatula; having a rounded, flattened extremity.
  • adj. Having a broad, flat end and tapering into a narrower base.
  • v. To treat or mix with a spatula.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shaped like spatula, or like a battledoor, being roundish, with a long, narrow, linear base.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shaped like a spatula; in zoology and anatomy, spoon-shaped, or rounded more or less like the outlines of a spoon; spatuliform; in botany, shaped like a spatula; resembling a spatula in shape, being oblong or rounded with a long narrow attenuate base: as, a spatulate leaf, petal, or other flattened organ. Also spathulate. See cuts under Eurynorhynchus, paddle-fish, Parotia, Prioniturus, Spathura, and shoveler.

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

  • adj. (of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a narrow base


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  • Curved on top, perfectly spatulate nails (a sign of intuitive insight), a healthy shell pink, crowning long, slender pianist fingers.

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  •  He noticed for the millionth time that her fingertips were slightly spatulate, as if her body needed to touch more, feel more than other people.

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  • Her hands are spatulate and flat-nailed, pale, like the rest of her.

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  • Her spatulate fingers tapped the floor plans of 5 Curzon Close.

    Naked Cruelty

  • If we no longer understand a word they are saying, then we may want to turn to those still willing to call a ‘spade’ a spade rather than a ‘fabricated long-handled domestic or industrial spatulate tool designed to lift and move material from one place to another’.

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  • Viz inspected each wing in turn, men his enormous, formidably clawed feet, lastly the broad, spatulate tail.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • Broad spatulate leaves of olive and black backed the green bloom.


  • His arms were long, his hands huge, with spatulate, magnetic fingers and the soft, unerring touch of a poolshark.


  • He tells us that a character dug in the dirt with “the tines of his stubby and spatulate fingers.”

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  • With two spatulate hands the handling-machine was digging out and flinging masses of clay into the pear-shaped receptacle above, while with another arm it periodically opened a door and removed rusty and blackened clinkers from the middle part of the machine.

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  • Holmes used this word once when he was talking to his female client who was a typist.

    June 2, 2012

  • sadly enough, I had a girlfriend once who was spatulated by her mother

    December 8, 2006