pel·​tate ˈpel-ˌtāt How to pronounce peltate (audio)
: shaped like a shield
specifically : having the stem or support attached to the lower surface instead of at the base or margin
peltate leaves
see leaf illustration

Word History


Latin pelta small shield, from Greek peltē

First Known Use

circa 1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peltate was circa 1760

Dictionary Entries Near peltate

Cite this Entry

“Peltate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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