Definition of reticulate
1 : resembling a net or network; especially : having veins, fibers, or lines crossing <a reticulate leaf>
2 : being or involving evolutionary change dependent on genetic recombination involving diverse interbreeding populations
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Though "reticulate" is used in many contexts, it finds particular use in the field of biology. "Reticulate" comes from the Latin word reticulum, meaning "small net." It first appeared in English in the mid-1600s and was used in connection with the study of plants even back then. Scientists use "reticulate" to describe a net-like formation of veins, fibers, or lines that crosses something. For example, a leaf with a pattern of veins that resembles a net would be called a "reticulate leaf."
Origin of reticulate
Latin reticulatus, from reticulum
First Known Use: 1658
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Origin of reticulate
back-formation from reticulated, adjective, reticulate
First Known Use: circa 1728
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