Definition of subulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsjuːbjʊlət/
Pronunciation: /ˈsjuːbjʊleɪt/


Botany & Zoology
(Of a part) slender and tapering to a point; awl-shaped.
Example sentences
  • 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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