Punctate definition

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Having tiny spots, points, or depressions.
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Marked with dots or tiny spots, as certain plants and animals.
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Marked by spots, dots, points, or punctures.

Head and pronotum densely punctate and predominantly opaque, punctures on upper half of head mostly contiguous and without extensive shiny interspaces... (Keys to the Nearctic species of Pseudomyrmex)

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Origin of punctate

  • From Latin pūnctum prick mark from neuter past participle of pungere to prick punctuate

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