falcate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj falcate curved like a sickle "a falcate leaf","falcate claws","the falcate moon"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Falcate Hooked or bent like a sickle; as, a falcate leaf; a falcate claw; -- said also of the moon, or a planet, when horned or crescent-formed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • falcate Hooked; curved like a scythe or sickle; falciform: specifically applied in anatomy, zoölogy, and botany to a falciform part or organ having two sharp and nearly parallel edges, curved in one plane and meeting at a point.
    • n falcate A figure resembling a sickle, formed by two curves bending the same way and meeting in a point at the apex, the base terminating in a straight margin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Falcate fal′kāt (astron., bot.) bent like a sickle, as the crescent moon, and certain leaves
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. falcatus, fr. falx, falcis, a sickle or scythe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. falx, a sickle.

Usage

In literature:

I saw but one flower of it, but its falcate seed-vessels, often more than a foot long, were very numerous.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
Pinnae broadly lanceolate-falcate or the lowest triangular, strongly auricled on the upper side, densely spinulose-toothed.
"The Fern Lover's Companion" by George Henry Tilton
Sub-falcate: when a wing is only a little excavated below the apex.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Falcate, hooked or curved like a scythe.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Dorsal fin to 24 inches (61 cm), strongly falcate, well more than one-third forward from tail; forms angle of more than 40 deg.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
This Falcate Orange-tip is one of the daintiest and most exquisite of northern butterflies.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
Pectoral fin long and falcate; dorsal fin present.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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