hastate

adjective

has·​tate ˈha-ˌstāt How to pronounce hastate (audio)
1
: triangular with sharp basal lobes spreading away from the base of the petiole
hastate leaves
see leaf illustration
2
: shaped like a spear or the head of a spear
a hastate spot of a bird

Word History

Etymology

New Latin hastatus, from Latin hasta spear — more at yard

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hastate was in 1788

Dictionary Entries Near hastate

Cite this Entry

“Hastate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hastate. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

hastate

adjective
has·​tate ˈhas-ˌtāt How to pronounce hastate (audio)
: shaped like an arrowhead with flaring barbs
a hastate leaf
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!