fas·​ti·​gi·​ate fa-ˈsti-jē-ət How to pronounce fastigiate (audio)
: narrowing toward the top
especially : having upright usually clustered branches
fastigiate trees

Word History


probably from New Latin *fastigiatus, from Latin fastigium — more at bristle

First Known Use

circa 1705, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fastigiate was circa 1705

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Cite this Entry

“Fastigiate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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