Meaning of unguiculate in English:


Pronunciation /ʌŋˈɡwɪkjʊlət/


  • 1Zoology
    Having one or more nails or claws.

  • 2Botany
    (of a petal) having a narrow stalklike base.

    • ‘Petals in this genus are described as being clawed (unguiculate) - there is a narrow stalk at the base, and thereafter the expanded portion is minutely fringed.’


Early 19th century from modern Latin unguiculatus, from Latin unguiculus ‘fingernail, toenail’, diminutive of unguis ‘nail’.