Definition of clavate in English:

clavate

adjective

Botany Zoology
  • Club-shaped; thicker at the apex than the base.

    • ‘Apart from size, the two specimens agree in all respects with the possible exception of the disposition of the clavate laterals.’
    • ‘It is very similar in form in that the labellar trichomes are unicellular and clavate with ‘stalks’ of varying lengths.’
    • ‘Included in both these genera were short, rectilinear borings with clavate ends and elongate, curvilinear borings with or without swollen terminations.’
    • ‘All were united in having a characteristically clavate glabellar shape.’
    • ‘Mature thalli of both taxa have structures with a clavate form located along the upper part of the main axis, and in both taxa these are preceded by multiple verticils of long, branched, hairlike sterile laterals.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from modern Latin clavatus, from Latin clava ‘club’.

Pronunciation

clavate

/ˈkleɪveɪt/