orbicular

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj orbicular having the shape of a sphere or ball "a spherical object","nearly orbicular in shape","little globular houses like mud-wasp nests"- Zane Grey"
    • adj orbicular circular or nearly circular
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Orbicular Resembling or having the form of an orb; spherical; circular; orbiculate. "Orbicular as the disk of a planet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • orbicular Having the shape of an orb or orbit; spherical; circular; discoidal; round.
    • orbicular Rounded; complete; perfect.
    • orbicular In entomology, having a regularly rounded surface and bordered by a circular margin: as, the orbicular pronotum of a beetle.
    • orbicular In botany, having the shape of a flat body with a nearly circular outline: as, an orbicular leaf. Also orbiculate.
    • n orbicular 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 spot and discal spot.
    • orbicular 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Orbicular having the form of an orb or sphere: spherical: round
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. orbicularis, fr. orbiculus, dim. of orbis, orb: cf. F. orbiculaire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. orbis, circle.

Usage

In literature:

The Suffet had collected his men into an orbicular mass, in such a way as to offer an equal resistance in every direction.
"Salammbo" by Gustave Flaubert
A furious tug at the bell brought down the silken rope and brought up an orbicular footman.
"The Sketches of Seymour (Illustrated), Complete" by Robert Seymour
Indusium orbicular, fixed by its depressed center.
"The Fern Lover's Companion" by George Henry Tilton
The work on which it stood was orbicular, with a rampart of two yards and a half broad above the ditch.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
The whole orbicular World hangs by a golden chain from that part of the battlements of Heaven whence the angels fell.
"Milton" by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
The response was given by the orbicular spirit, who had appeared to me.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
A collection of white orbicular masses of cloud.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Fruit orbicular or nearly so.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
The perithecia are either orbicular or elongated, and the hymenium soon becomes exposed.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
P. convex, orbicular, scarcely umbil.
"European Fungus Flora: Agaricaceae" by George Massee
The orbicular spot is pale yellow and very distinct.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
Subterraneous willow, with orbicular concave leaves, male.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
Occasionally an orbicular mass of these rocks, of the size of a melon, is observed.
"Scenes and Adventures in the Semi-Alpine Region of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The bulbs are large and orbicular, and have a blackish coat; they, as well as the flowers, are reputed to be emetic in properties.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8" by Various
Pod small, orbicular, with only one or two wingless seeds in a cell; valves nerveless, somewhat convex, the margin flattened.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
The response was given by the orbicular spirit, who had appeared to me.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The response was given by the orbicular spirit, who had appeared to me.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The response was given by the orbicular spirit, who had appeared to me.
"The Indian in his Wigwam" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The head of that bone twists, in the orbicular ligament, round its central vertical axis for about half a circle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5" by Various
It forms an erect-stemmed tree, with an orbicular head.
"Woodland Gleanings" by Charles Tilt
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In poetry:

But best of all are the words that shape the leaves –
Orbicular, cordate, cleft and reniform –
And their venation – palmate and parallel –
And tips – acute, truncate, auriculate.
"Learning the Trees" by Howard Nemerov