orbiculate

adjective
or·​bic·​u·​late | \ ȯr-ˈbi-kyə-lət How to pronounce orbiculate (audio) \

Definition of orbiculate

: circular or nearly circular in outline an orbiculate leaf — see leaf illustration

First Known Use of orbiculate

circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orbiculate

borrowed from Latin orbiculātus, from orbiculus "circular figure, small disk" (from orbis "disk, circle" + -culus, diminutive suffix) + -ātus -ate entry 3 — more at orb entry 1

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orbiest

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