len·​tic·​u·​lar | \ len-ˈti-kyə-lər How to pronounce lenticular (audio) \

Definition of lenticular

1 : having the shape of a double-convex lens
2 : of or relating to a lens
3 : provided with or utilizing lenticules a lenticular screen

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Lentil-shaped-that's the meaning of lenticularis, the Latin word that gave us lenticular. It's an appropriate predecessor because a double-convex lens is one that is curved on both sides, giving it a shape similar to that of a lentil. English speakers borrowed the Latin term, adapting it to lenticular, in the 15th century. Lenticularis, in turn, derives from lenticula, which is the source of the English word lentil and a diminutive of the Latin form lent-, lens, meaning "lentil." You probably won't be too surprised to learn that lent-, lens also gave English the word lens.

Examples of lenticular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Cappucci explains, lenticular clouds are common around mountains that force incoming air to rise. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Two Rare Cloud Features Appear Over New Hampshire’s Mount Washington," 27 Feb. 2020 Which, perhaps, is why residents of Siskiyou County, Calif., wanted to believe a lenticular cloud hovering near Mt. Shasta on February 12 was an unidentified flying object. Fox News, "Cloud over Mt. Shasta appears 'out of this world'," 26 Feb. 2020 Your Instagram photo of the day Like pancakes: Patagonia is known for its strong winds and beautiful lenticular clouds. National Geographic, "How can travelers be as resilient as our planet?," 21 Jan. 2020 This works because the plastic coating consists of a series of stripes, creating what are called lenticular lenses. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Plastic invisibility cloak hides you from people with plastic brains," 25 Oct. 2019 In the years since Edward Kienholz’s death in 1994, Nancy Kienholz has created her own assemblages and lenticular art, in which one subject morphs into another in three stages. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Nancy Reddin Kienholz, whose art challenged and disturbed, at 75," 22 Aug. 2019 Galaxies that are not spiral, lenticular, or elliptical are called irregular galaxies. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/universe/galaxies.html," 17 Apr. 2019 Several of the macroscopic pictures use lenticular printing to achieve a 3-D effect. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Archiving Eden’ exhibition sprouts interest with macro photos," 5 July 2019 Otherworldly looking lenticular clouds resemble stacks of giant disks rising in the sky. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Clouds, explained," 24 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of lenticular

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lenticular

Middle English, from Latin lenticularis lentil-shaped, from lenticula lentil

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“Lenticular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lenticular. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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len·​tic·​u·​lar | \ len-ˈtik-yə-lər How to pronounce lenticular (audio) \

Medical Definition of lenticular

1 : having the shape of a double-convex lens
2 : of or relating to a lens especially of the eye
3 : relating to or being the lentiform nucleus of the brain

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