- (botany) Having several leaflets arranged, like the fingers of the hand, at the extremity of a stem or petiole. Also, in general, characterized by digitation.
1913, Charles Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World:#*
1904, Robert W. Chambers, In Search of the Unknown:
- In Brazil I have often admired the varied beauty of the bananas, palms, and orange-trees contrasted together; and here we also have the bread-fruit, conspicuous from its large, glossy, and deeply digitated leaf.
- The other pair of limbs terminate in something that, from the single instance I experienced, seemed to resemble soft but firm antennae or, perhaps, digitated palpi--" "Feelers!"
1897, William Thomas Fernie, Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure:
- From the large digitated leaves an extract is made which has proved of service in whooping-cough, and of which from one-third to half a teaspoonful may be given for a dose.
1895, Thomas Gwyn Elger, The Moon:
- Its massive central mountain, surmounted by many peaks, occupies a considerable area on the floor, and exhibits a digitated outline at the base.