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Lyrate \Ly"rate\, Lyrated \Ly"ra*ted\, a. [NL. lyratus. See Lyre.]

  1. (Bot.) Lyre-shaped, or spatulate and oblong, with small lobes toward the base; as, a lyrate leaf.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) Shaped like a lyre, as the tail of the blackcock, or that of the lyre bird.


a. 1 Shaped like a lyre. 2 (context botany of leaves English) Having a large terminal lobe and smaller rounded lobes toward its base.


adj. of a leaf shape; having curvature suggestive of a lyre

Usage examples of "lyrate".

The species of Yucatan and southern Mexico have small lyrate antlers with few, short tines, rather different from the broader type of the more northern species with well developed secondary tines.