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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Formed into a compact rounded mass; tightly clustered; conglomerate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To gather or wind into a ball; to collect (threads, etc.) into a spherical form or mass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Gathered together in a roundish mass or dense cluster; conglomerate.
  • v. To gather or wind into a ball; to collect into a spherical form or mass, as threads.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To gather or wind into a ball; collect into a spherical form or mass, as threads; conglomerate.
  • To wind; twist.
  • In anatomy, conglomerate: an epithet specifically applied to the structure of ordinary glands, such as the salivary, lacrymal, mammary, or pancreatic: opposed to conglobate. See gland, 1.
  • In botany, compactly clustered; gathered into a head or heap; growing in massive forms or in dense clusters.
  • In entomology, gathered in one or more spots or lines: applied to dots, punctures, etc.

Etymologies

Latin glomerātus, past participle of glomerāre, to wind into a ball, from glomus, glomer-, ball.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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