from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Botany Having saw-toothed divisions directed backward: runcinate leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having tooth-like projections pointing away from the apex.
- adj. Having a lacerated aspect with the projection pointing away from the apex, like dandelion leaves.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pinnately cut with the lobes pointing downwards, as the leaf of the dandelion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, irregularly saw-toothed or pinnately incised, with the lobes or teeth hooked backward: said chiefly of leaves, as those of the dandelion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having incised margins with the lobes or teeth pointing toward the base; as dandelion leaves
Latin runcinātus, past participle of runcināre, to plane, from runcina, carpenter's plane, formerly taken to mean saw, alteration (influenced by runcāre, to weed, pluck) of Greek rhukanē, carpenter's plane.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)