Peltate meaning

pĕltāt
Having a flat circular structure attached to a stalk near the center, rather than at or near the margin; shield-shaped.

The peltate leaf of the nasturtium.

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Shield-shaped; specif., having the stalk attached to the lower surface, at or near the center.
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Shield-shaped; scutiform.
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(botany, of leaves) Having the petiole attached to the lower surface instead of the margin.
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Origin of peltate

  • Latin peltātus armed with a small shield from Latin pelta small shield from Greek peltē pel-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition