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reticulate

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adjective re·tic·u·late \ri-ˈti-kyə-lət, -ˌlāt\

Definition of reticulate

  1. 1 :  resembling a net or network; especially :  having veins, fibers, or lines crossing a reticulate leaf

  2. 2 :  being or involving evolutionary change dependent on genetic recombination involving diverse interbreeding populations

reticulately

adverb

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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 and Etymology of reticulate

Latin reticulatus, from reticulum


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reticulate

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verb re·tic·u·late \-ˌlāt\

Definition of reticulate

reticulated

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reticulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to divide, mark, or construct so as to form a network municipalities that reticulate electricity to consumers

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become reticulated

Origin and Etymology of reticulate

back-formation from reticulated, adjective, reticulate

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