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falcate

Syllabification: fal·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈfalˌkāt, ˈfôl-
 
/

Definition of falcate in English:

adjective

Botany & Zoology
Curved like a sickle; hooked: the mandibles are falcate
More example sentences
  • Beaked whales have a small, falcate dorsal fin, which is set fairly far back on their bodies (well beyond the midpoint).
  • The shape of the dorsal fin is variable ranging from low and stubby with a broad base to high and falcate (curved).
  • The shell is very long and narrow, falcate, fibrous, and distinctly exhibiting the small septa as they occur in the genus Caprina.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin falcatus, from falx, falc- 'sickle'.

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