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lanciform: Considerably longer than broad, compressed or not, broadest near the base and somewhat concavely attenuate to the apex, the attenuation in all median longitudinal planes or else largely confined to one, depending upon the extent of compression, if any. See also oblanciform (oblanceoloid).[1]
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Example(s): Example sentences from FNA : [1] scales of sterile spikelets lanciform, keeled, midrib excurrent at mucro; [2] Spikelets light redbrown, lanciform, 5 mm, apex acuminate;


  1. Categorical Glossary for the Flora of North America Project, by Robert W. Kiger and Duncan M. Porter. 2001. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.