AskDefine | Define lunate

Dictionary Definition

lunate adj : resembling the new moon in shape [syn: crescent(a), crescent-shaped, semilunar]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Shaped like a crescent.


  1. A small stone artifact, probably an arrowhead, with a blunt straight edge and a sharpened, crescent-shaped back, especially characteristic of the Mesolithic Period.

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Extensive Definition

Lunate is a term meaning crescent or moon-shaped. In the specialized terminology of lithic reduction, a lunate flake is a small, crescent-shaped flake removed from a stone tool during the process of pressure flaking.
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