Definition of oculate in US English:

oculate

adjective

  • Chiefly Botany and Zoology. Originally: having markings resembling an eye or eyes, ocellated; (also) †having holes resembling eyes (obsolete). Later (also): having eyes, or large or well-developed eyes.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin oculātus having sight, especially good sight, in post-classical Latin also marked with spots like eyes, also in scientific Latin in sense 2 (as a specific epithet from 1758 Linnaeus Systema Naturae (ed. 10) 394, 404, etc.) from oculus eye + -ātus.

Pronunciation

oculate

/ˈɒkjʊlət/