Definitions

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

  • adj. Arranged or shaped like a star; radiating from a center.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shaped like a star, having points, or rays radiating from a center.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling a star; pointed or radiated, like the emblem of a star.
  • adj. Starlike; having similar parts radiating from a common center.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Star-like in form; star-shaped; arranged in the form of a conventional star; radiating from a common center like the rays or points of a star: as, stellate leaves; the stellate groups of natrolite crystals.
  • n. A stellate microsclere, or flesh-spicule in the form of a star.

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

  • adj. arranged like rays or radii; radiating from a common center

Etymologies

Latin stēllātus, from stēlla, star; see ster-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stellātus, from stella ("star"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • * Unusual pattern ( "stellate" or star-like) in iris of the eye

    The Composed Gentleman

  • Most of the fibrogenic cells in the liver are a-smooth muscle actin-expressing myofibroblasts and most are derived from the transdifferentiation of hepatic stellate cells.

    Basic Biliary Atresia Research

  • And now it looks as if they just might have found an answer, something called a "stellate ganglion block," which involves injecting a small amount of local anaesthetic into a complex of nerves located in the neck.

    Needle to the Neck

  • Therapeutic ultrasound is not recommended during pregnancy, over tissues such as the eyes, heart, spinal column, growing bones, testes, epiphyseal plates, carotid sinuses, cervical stellate ganglion, and vagus nerve.

    Dr. Jeffrey McCombs: The Adventures of a Preterm Daddy: Part I

  • It features the famous black and white picture of Che — except this time there are two stellate black marks on his forehead bullet holes.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Real Che Guevara:

  • Seven humerus bones formed a stellate pattern with a skull at their center, supported in turn by what might have been portions of sternum or scapula, then a vertical column of more humerus bones, which met at last a semicircle of vertebrae curving upward on either side and ending in a pair of skulls.

    The Black Angel

  • These are placed, six together, in the interior of long-stalked, ovate, mucronate, smooth, deep brown follicles, of a tough papery texture, and lined with a thin fur of stellate hairs.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

  • Ox-rays (UROGYMNUS ASPERRIMUS) grow to a great size, their backs being so armoured with thick-set stellate bucklers on a horn-like skin, that to secure them a heavy-hefted weapon and a strong right arm are necessary.

    My Tropic Isle

  • Orchids, old gold and violet, cling to the rocks with the white claws of the sea snatching at their toughened roots, and beyond the extreme verge of ferns and orchids on abrupt sea-scarred boulders are the stellate shadows of the whorled foliage of the umbrella tree, in varied pattern, precise and clean cut and in delightful commingling and confusion.

    My Tropic Isle

  • Digging, furrowing the surface in stellate patterns, moulding pellets which to the tenderest ripple are but the plaything of a moment, so are the lives of the shy crustaceans spent.

    Tropic Days

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