Definition of subulate in English:


Line breaks: subu|late
Pronunciation: /ˈsjuːbjʊlət
, -leɪt/


Botany & Zoology
  • (Of a part) slender and tapering to a point; awl-shaped.
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    • The Galápagos plant is a low shrub with subulate, hard, pungent leaves, apparently an adaptation to the arid conditions on the islands.
    • The lamina is triangular-lanceolate with acute or more commonly subulate leaves.
    • Calyx villose-hispid, teeth triangular, the lowest subulate, exceeding the others.


mid 18th century: from Latin subula 'awl' + -ate2.

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