Definition of spatulate in US English:



  • 1Having a broad, rounded end.

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