1. netted; covered with a network.
  2. netlike.
  3. Botany. having the veins or nerves disposed like the threads of a net.

verb (used with object), re·tic·u·lat·ed, re·tic·u·lat·ing.

  1. to form into a network.
  2. to cover or mark with a network.

verb (used without object), re·tic·u·lat·ed, re·tic·u·lat·ing.

  1. to form a network.

adjective Also: reticular (rɪˈtɪkjʊlə)

  1. in the form of a network or having a network of partsa reticulate leaf
  2. resembling, covered with, or having the form of a net

verb (rɪˈtɪkjʊˌleɪt)

  1. to form or be formed into a net

1650s, from Latin reticulatus “having a net-like pattern,” from reticulum “little net,” diminutive of rete “net,” from PIE *ere- (2) “to separate” (see hermit).


1787, back-formation from reticulated (1728), from reticulate (adj.). Related: Reticulating.

  1. Resembling or forming a net or network, as the veins of some leaves.

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