made round; ring-shaped.
Botany, Mycology. rolled up on the axis at the apex, as a leaf or fruiting body.
- cir·ci·nate·ly, adverb
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How to use circinate in a sentence
Ferns, with fronds circinate in vernation, bearing the fructification on the under surface or beneath the margin.
Most Ferns are circinate in the bud; that is, are rolled up in the manner shown in Fig. 197.The Elements of Botany | Asa Gray
Scorpioid or Scorpioidal, curved or circinate at the end, 77.The Elements of Botany | Asa Gray
Parasitic upon Polyzoa, etc. circinate branched--branches irregular divaricate.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1. | John MacGillivray
British Dictionary definitions for circinate
botany (of part of a plant, such as a young fern) coiled so that the tip is at the centre
anatomy resembling a ring or a circle
- circinately, adverb
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Scientific definitions for circinate
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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