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globular

or globulous

[glob-yuh-ler] /ˈglɒb yə lər/
adjective
1.
globe-shaped; spherical.
2.
composed of or having globules.
3.
worldwide; global.
Origin of globular
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin globul(us) globule + -ar1
Related forms
globularity, globularness, noun
globularly, adverb
interglobular, adjective
nonglobular, adjective
nonglobularly, adverb
subglobular, adjective
subglobularly, adverb
subglobularity, noun
unglobular, adjective
unglobularly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for globular
Historical Examples
  • It was as though the surface of this substance were globular.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • But so hypnotic quasi-reasons: that globular lumps of sandstone are common.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Modioliform: globular, truncated at both ends; like the hub of a wheel.

  • The globular shape, unharmed, dwindled in the distance behind us.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • He stood aside, with the globular weapon of the ray in a pincer hand.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • It was a globular room, a hundred and fifty feet or more in diameter.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • They saw the Fenachrone cruiser lying in wait for the two globular vessels.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • Then there was the rambutan—a globular fruit, an inch and a half in diameter.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • No. 4315 is globular, and has a striking environment of bystanding stars.

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
  • All of these are small, 2' or 3' in diameter, and globular in shape.

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
British Dictionary definitions for globular

globular

/ˈɡlɒbjʊlə/
adjective
1.
shaped like a globe or globule
2.
having or consisting of globules
Derived Forms
globularity (ˌɡlɒbjʊˈlærɪtɪ), globularness, noun
globularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for globular
adj.

1650s, from French globulaire, from Latin globus (see globe).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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