Definition of spatulate in English:



  • 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. 1.1Botany Zoology Broad at the apex and tapered to the base.
      ‘large spatulate leaves’
      • ‘The skull is clearly broader and more spatulate, as well as longer, than the skull of Loxomma.’
      • ‘The upper and lower incisors are broad and spatulate.’
      • ‘Plant eating dinosaurs generally have toes that are more spatulate.’
      • ‘The dorsal vertebrae have wide spatulate neural spines.’
      • ‘Many have a distinctive pad over their noses; this pad is often endowed with odd bristles with spatulate tips.’