run·​ci·​nate ˈrən(t)-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce runcinate (audio)
: pinnately cut with the lobes pointing downward
runcinate leaves of the dandelion
see leaf illustration

Word History


Latin runcinatus, past participle of runcinare to plane off, from runcina plane

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of runcinate was in 1776

Dictionary Entries Near runcinate

Cite this Entry

“Runcinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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