Meaning of RETICULATE in English


I. rə̇ˈtikyələ̇t, rēˈ-, -yəˌlāt, usu -d.+V adjective

Etymology: Latin reticulatus, from reticulum little net + -atus -ate

1. : resembling network : having the form or appearance of a net : netted ; specifically : having veins, fibers, or lines crossing like the threads or fibers of a network

a reticulate leaf

a reticulate wing

2. : covered with small polygonal scales — used of the tarsus of a bird

3. : involving repeated intercrossing between a number of lines ; specifically : of or relating to evolutionary change dependent on complex recombination of genes from varied strains of a diversified interbreeding population

reticulate evolution

— compare polyploid complex

II. -yəˌlāt, usu -ād.+V verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: back-formation from reticulated

transitive verb


a. : to divide, mark, or construct so as to resemble or form network

b. : to distribute (as electricity, water, or goods) by means of a network

c. : to form a reticulation in (a photographic material)

reticulate gelatin

reticulate a print

2. : to provide or construct with a reticle

intransitive verb

: to become reticulated

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.