Definition of spatulate in English:

spatulate

adjective

  • 1Having a broad, rounded end.

    ‘his thick, spatulate fingers’
    • ‘The skin was thin and bloodless, the fingers spatulate, a swollen knob at each joint and knuckle.’
    • ‘I had never seen these spatulate fingers, until my first boyfriend on our first date reached over to hold my hand.’
    1. 1.1Zoology Botany Broad at the apex and tapered to the base.
      ‘large spatulate leaves’
      • ‘The dorsal vertebrae have wide spatulate neural spines.’
      • ‘The upper and lower incisors are broad and spatulate.’
      • ‘Plant eating dinosaurs generally have toes that are more spatulate.’
      • ‘Many have a distinctive pad over their noses; this pad is often endowed with odd bristles with spatulate tips.’
      • ‘The skull is clearly broader and more spatulate, as well as longer, than the skull of Loxomma.’

Pronunciation

spatulate

/ˈspatjʊlət/