pedate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pedate having or resembling a foot
    • adj pedate of a leaf shape; having radiating lobes, each deeply cleft or divided
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pedate (Bot) Palmate, with the lateral lobes cleft into two or more segments; -- said of a leaf.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pedate Having divisions like toes; in botany, having the two lateral lobes themselves divided into smaller segments, the midribs of which do not run directly into the common central point, as a palmate leaf, such as the leaf of Helleborus fœtidus.
    • pedate In zoöl: Flattened out like a foot; palmate; serving as or for a foot.
    • pedate In zoology: Relating or pertaining to the Pedata.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pedate divided like a foot:
    • Pedate (bot.) having the side lobes of a divided leaf also divided into smaller parts, the midribs of which do not run to a common centre as in the palmate leaf
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pedatus, p. p. of pedare, to furnish with feet, fr. pes, pedis, a foot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pedalispes, pedis, the foot.

Usage

In literature:

The leaves are very large, pedate, dentate, and distinctly veined.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Pedate: foot-bearing, or having feet.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
They are coarse perennial herbs with palmately or pedately lobed leaves.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2" by Various
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