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orbicular

Line breaks: or¦bicu|lar
Pronunciation: /ɔːˈbɪkjʊlə
 
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Definition of orbicular in English:

adjective

technical
1Having the shape of a flat ring or disc.
Example sentences
  • Apart from these clearly definable shapes, the orbicular elements were generally amorphous.
  • The petals are broadly ovate to orbicular, and 6-7 mm wide and long.
2Having a spherical or rounded shape.
2.1 Geology (Of a rock) containing spheroidal igneous inclusions.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin orbicularis, from Latin orbiculus, diminutive of orbis 'ring'.

Derivatives

orbicularity

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈlarɪti/
noun

orbicularly

2
adverb

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