[glom-er-it, -uh-reyt]

Origin of glomerate

1785–95; < Latin glomerātus wound or formed into a ball (past participle of glomerāre), equivalent to glomer- (stem of glomus) ball-shaped mass + -ātus -ate1
Related formsnon·glom·er·ate, adjectivenon·glom·er·ate·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for glomerate


  1. gathered into a compact rounded mass
  2. wound up like a ball of thread
  3. anatomy (esp of glands) conglomerate in structure

Word Origin for glomerate

C18: from Latin glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball
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