- made round; ring-shaped.
- Botany, Mycology. rolled up on the axis at the apex, as a leaf or fruiting body.
Origin of circinate
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Related Words for circinateoblique, round, spheroid, indirect, rounded, annular, circinate, circling, orbicular
Examples from the Web for circinate
Historical Examples of circinate
Scorpioid or Scorpioidal, curved or circinate at the end, 77.
Most Ferns are circinate in the bud; that is, are rolled up in the manner shown in Fig. 197.
- 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
Word Origin for circinate
C19: from Latin circināre to make round, from circinus pair of compasses, from circus, see circus
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- Circular; ring-shaped.
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- 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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