[ sur-suh-neyt ]
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  1. made round; ring-shaped.

  2. Botany, Mycology. rolled up on the axis at the apex, as a leaf or fruiting body.

Origin of circinate

1820–30; <Latin circinātus (past participle of circināre to make round), equivalent to circin(us) pair of compasses (akin to circus) + -ātus-ate1

Other words from circinate

  • cir·ci·nate·ly, adverb

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How to use circinate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for circinate


/ (ˈsɜːsɪˌneɪt) /

  1. botany (of part of a plant, such as a young fern) coiled so that the tip is at the centre

  2. anatomy resembling a ring or a circle

Origin of circinate

C19: from Latin circināre to make round, from circinus pair of compasses, from circus, see circus

Derived forms of circinate

  • circinately, adverb

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Scientific definitions for circinate


[ sûrsə-nāt′ ]

  1. Rolled up in the form of a coil with the tip in the center, as an unexpanded fern frond. See more at vernation.

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