Good thing there’s a rich vocabulary of fancy scientific words for shapes. Hippocrepiform // Horseshoe shapedHere’s a convenient word for horseshoe shaped … that takes just as long to say as “shaped like a horseshoe.”12. Xiphoid // Sword shapedFrom the Greek xiphos for sword. If you prefer Latin roots, there’s ensiform (from Latin ensis). The little piece of pointy cartilage at the bottom of your sternum where the lowest ribs meet is called the xiphoid process.