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  1. a small spherical body.
  2. Bok globule.
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Origin of globule

From the Latin word globulus, dating back to 1655–65. See globe, -ule
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Historical Examples

  • I should like to see Buccellini, however, and have a globule of the Elysian essence.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • Every circle is as complete in itself, whether rounding a globule or a star.

    Lucretia, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Why does any liquid in falling through the air assume the globule form?


    Willis Eugene Tower

  • Slowly it changed its form, the corner curled up into a globule.

    The Great Airship.

    F. S. Brereton

  • A globule of metal should result, and perhaps an incrustation on the coal.

    The A B C of Mining

    Charles A. Bramble

British Dictionary definitions for globule


  1. a small globe, esp a drop of liquid
  2. astronomy a small dark nebula thought to be a site of star formation
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin globulus, diminutive of globus globe
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Word Origin and History for globule


1660s, from French globule, from Latin globulus, diminutive of globus "globe" (see globe).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

globule in Medicine


  1. A small spherical body, especially a drop of liquid.
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Related formsglobu•lar (-yə-lər) adj.
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