spat·​u·​late ˈspa-chə-lət How to pronounce spatulate (audio)
: shaped like a spatula
a spatulate leaf
spatulate spines of a caterpillar
a spatulate tool
see leaf illustration

Examples of spatulate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spatulate teeth, which are absent in adult Diplodocus, are found in some other sauropod groups. Claire Cleveland, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2018 Andrew’s skull has peg teeth in the front, a narrow snout and spoonlike spatulate teeth in the back. Claire Cleveland, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2018

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'spatulate.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spatulate was circa 1760

Dictionary Entries Near spatulate

Cite this Entry

“Spatulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
spat·​u·​late -lət How to pronounce spatulate (audio)
: shaped like a spatula or a spoon


2 of 2 transitive verb
spat·​u·​late ˈspach-ə-ˌlāt How to pronounce spatulate (audio)
spatulated; spatulating
: to mix or treat with a spatula
after the powder has been incorporated in the water, the mass is spatulated thoroughlyM. G. Swenson
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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