Having a flat circular structure attached to a stalk near the center, rather than at or near the margin; shield-shaped: the peltate leaf of the nasturtium.
[Latin peltātus, armed with a small shield, from Latin pelta, small shield, from Greek peltē; see pel-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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