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

  • adj. Somewhat spherical in shape.

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  • adj. hemispherical, having the shape of a hemisphere


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  • In the centre there was a big black stone, of semispherical shape like a tabourine; flames were burning upon it; an ebony cone, bearing a head and two arms, rose behind.


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