circinate

adjective
cir·​ci·​nate | \ ˈsər-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce circinate (audio) \

Definition of circinate

: rounded, coiled especially : rolled in the form of a flat coil with the apex as a center circinate fern fronds unfolding

Other Words from circinate

circinately adverb

First Known Use of circinate

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for circinate

Latin circinatus, past participle of circinare to round, from circinus pair of compasses, from circus

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“Circinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circinate. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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circinate

adjective
cir·​ci·​nate | \ ˈsər-sᵊn-ˌāt How to pronounce circinate (audio) \

Medical Definition of circinate

of lesions
: having a sharply circumscribed and somewhat circular margin scaly circinate dermatophytids

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