American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Circular or spherical.
- adj. Botany Circular and flat. Used especially of leaves.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the shape of an orb or orbit; spherical; circular; discoidal; round.
- Rounded; complete; perfect.
- In entomology, having a regularly rounded surface and bordered by a circular margin: as, the orbicular pronotum of a beetle.
- In botany, having the shape of a flat body with a nearly circular outline: as, an orbicular leaf. Also orbiculate.
- n. In entomology, a circular mark or spot nearly always found on the anterior wings of the noctuid moths. It is situated a little inside the center, between the posterior line and the median shade. Also called
orbicular spotand discal spot.
- In petrography, in phanerocrystal-line igneous rocks, having large spheroidal aggregations of minerals, in radial or concentric groups of megascopic crystals: as, orbicular granite, orbicular diorite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Resembling or having the form of orb; spherical; circular; orbiculate.
- adj. having the shape of a sphere or ball
- adj. circular or nearly circular
- From the Late Latin orbiculāris, from Latin orbiculus, diminutive of orbis ("orb"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English orbiculer, from Old French orbiculaire, from Late Latin orbiculāris, from Latin orbiculus, diminutive of orbis, circle, disk. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A couple of basketballs (multiple orbicular adjacencies) sitting (self-referentially abiding) in an empty aquarium (post-emptively vacated) looks pretty much the same no matter how described: obfuscatory, vacuous, goofy, uninspiring.”
“But, in this case, he included an interesting observation: “…the operculum is orbicular, and so small as to admit of the animal retiring one half the length of the shell.””
“There is another tree with orbicular leaves in pairs, which grows to an immense size.”
“F.R.S. Lamarck separated the mother-of-pearls shell (MARGARITA) from the swallow-tail muscles (AVICULA) on account of its more orbicular shape.”
“The world is spherical; the orbicular hath the pre-eminence above all other figures, for being round itself it hath its parts like itself.”
“Empedocles, before the four elements, introduceth the most minute bodies which resemble elements; but they did exist before the elements, having similar parts and orbicular.”
“Assuredly, fire is borne aloft, is without a soul, is easily quenchable and corruptible; but the sun is orbicular and animate, eternal and imperishable.”
“The Suffet had collected his men into an orbicular mass, in such”
“The leaves are extremely varied, from deeply cordate to almost orbicular, 4-20 cm long, opposite or alternate.”
“The leaves are cordate-orbicular to ovate-orbicular, strongly acuminate, 15-30 cm long and broad; the petioles are thickened at the base with ear like projections that often encircle the stem.”
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