un·guic·u·late (ŭng-gwĭkyə-lĭt, -lāt′) also un·guic·u·lat·ed (-lā′tĭd)
1. Having or resembling nails or claws.
2. Zoology Having nails or claws, as opposed to hooves. Used of mammals.
3. Botany Having a claw-shaped base: an unguiculate petal.
[New Latin unguiculātus, from Latin unguiculus, fingernail, diminutive of unguis; see UNGUIS.]
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