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[ahr-muh-ler-ee, ahr-mil-uh-ree]
  1. consisting of hoops or rings.
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Origin of armillary

1655–65; < Latin armill(a) bracelet, hoop (arm(us) shoulder (see arm1) + -illa diminutive suffix) + -ary
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Examples from the Web for armillary

Historical Examples

  • On the left there is an armillary dial by F. Culpeper, of London.

    Chats on Old Copper and Brass

    Fred. W. Burgess

  • The horizon diameter of this armillary sphere is about 21 cm.

  • Armillary, r′mil-lar-i, or r-mil′lar-i, adj. resembling an armlet or bracelet: consisting of rings or circles.

  • The Biblioteca Barbarini of Rome possesses four armillary spheres, all appearing to be of the early seventeenth century.

  • This machine, he says, has a circumference of thirty-two feet, being constructed in the form of an armillary sphere.

British Dictionary definitions for armillary


  1. of or relating to bracelets
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Word Origin

C17: from New Latin armillaris, from Latin armilla bracelet
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