Origin of lunateClassical Latin lunatus, past participle of lunare, to bend like a half-moon from luna, the moon: see light
Shaped like a crescent.
Archaeology A small stone artifact, probably an arrowhead, with a blunt straight edge and a sharpened, crescent-shaped back, especially characteristic of the Mesolithic Period.
Origin of lunateLatin lūnātus past participle of lūnāre to bend like a crescent from lūna moon ; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more lunate, superlative most lunate)
- Shaped like a crescent.
- a lunate beak