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ˈɛn səˌfɔrmen·si·form

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ensiform, sword-shaped, swordlike, bladelikeadjective

    shaped like a sword blade

    "the iris has an ensiform leaf"


  1. ensiformadjective

    shaped like a sword blade

  2. Etymology: ensis + -form

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ensiformadjective

    Having the shape of a sword, as the xiphoeides or ensiform cartilage.

    Etymology: ensiformis, Latin.


  1. ensiform

    The following terms are used to describe leaf morphology in the description and taxonomy of plants. Leaves may be simple (a single leaf blade or lamina) or compound (with several leaflets). The edge of the leaf may be regular or irregular, may be smooth or bearing hair, bristles or spines. For more terms describing other aspects of leaves besides their overall morphology see the leaf article. The terms listed here all are supported by technical and professional usage, but they cannot be represented as mandatory or undebatable; readers must use their judgement. Authors often use terms arbitrarily, or coin them to taste, possibly in ignorance of established terms, and it is not always clear whether because of ignorance, or personal preference, or because usages change with time or context, or because of variation between specimens, even specimens from the same plant. For example, whether to call leaves on the same tree "acuminate", "lanceolate", or "linear" could depend on individual judgement, or which part of the tree one collected them from. The same cautions might apply to "caudate", "cuspidate", and "mucronate", or to "crenate", "dentate", and "serrate." Another problem is to establish definitions that meet all cases or satisfy all authorities and readers. For example, it seems altogether reasonable to define a mucro as "a small sharp point as a continuation of the midrib", but it may not be clear how small is small enough, how sharp is sharp enough, how hard the point must be, and what to call the point when one cannot tell whether the leaf has a midrib at all. Various authors or field workers might come to incompatible conclusions, or might try to compromise by qualifying terms so vaguely that a description of a particular plant practically loses its value. Use of these terms is not restricted to leaves, but may be applied to morphology of other parts of plants, e.g. bracts, bracteoles, stipules, sepals, petals, carpels or scales. Some of these terms are also used for similar-looking anatomical features on animals.


  1. ensiform

    Ensiform generally refers to something that is shaped, pointed, or flattened like a sword. The term is often used in biology and anatomy to describe features that are long, flat, and sharp, resembling the blade of a sword. It is derived from the Latin word "ensis", meaning sword, and "forma", meaning shape or form.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ensiformadjective

    having the form of a sword blade; sword-shaped; as, an ensiform leaf

  2. Etymology: [L. ensis sword + -form: cf. F. ensiforme.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ensiform

    en′si-form, adj. having the shape of a sword. [L. ensis, a sword, and forma, form.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ensiform

    Having the shape of a sword.


  1. Ensiform

    sword-shaped: two-edged, large at base and tapering to the point: see anceps.

Anagrams for ensiform »

  1. fermions

  2. sfermion

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ensiform in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ensiform in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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