or·​bic·​u·​lar | \ ȯr-ˈbi-kyə-lər How to pronounce orbicular (audio) \

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orbicularly \ ȯr-​ˈbi-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce orbicular (audio) \ adverb

Examples of orbicular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Let’s allow these orbicular fruit-ghosts to finally ascend to the next plane. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Let’s Make a Pantry Raid Meze," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of orbicular

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orbicular

Middle English orbiculer, borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French orbiculaire, borrowed from Medieval Latin orbiculāris, from Latin orbiculus "circular figure, small disk" (from orbis "disk, circle" + -culus, diminutive suffix) + -āris -ar — more at orb entry 1

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The first known use of orbicular was in the 15th century

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“Orbicular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orbicular. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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or·​bic·​u·​lar | \ ȯr-ˈbik-yə-lər How to pronounce orbicular (audio) \

Medical Definition of orbicular

: encircling a part or opening

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