One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Curved like a sickle; hooked.‘the mandibles are falcate’
- ‘Beaked whales have a small, falcate dorsal fin, which is set fairly far back on their bodies (well beyond the midpoint).’
- ‘The shell is very long and narrow, falcate, fibrous, and distinctly exhibiting the small septa as they occur in the genus Caprina.’
- ‘Macroconidia are falcate and have three or four septa.’
- ‘The shape of the dorsal fin is variable ranging from low and stubby with a broad base to high and falcate (curved).’
- ‘Many of the specimens are strongly falcate and appear to be pinnules rather than leaves; they often have longitudinal wrinkles that appear to result from compression of a thick lamina.’
Early 19th century: from Latin falcatus, from falx, falc- ‘sickle’.
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