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Definition of "fastigiate" []

  • Botany Having erect and almost parallel branches tapering toward the top, as in the Lombardy poplar. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fastigiate" in a sentence
  • "The opposite change occurs in what are termed fastigiate varieties, where the branches, in place of assuming more or less of a horizontal direction, become erect and nearly parallel with the main stem as in the"
  • "More recently interest has centred on the fastigiate form (ssp. cupressiformis)."
  • "= -- The leaves partake more or less of the altered direction of the axis, as in fastigiate elms, but this is not universally the case, for though the stem is bent downwards the leaves may be placed in the opposite direction; thus in some specimens of"