circa 1650, in the meaning defined above
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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“Orbiculate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orbiculate. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.
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