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  1. like an orb; circular; ringlike; spherical; rounded.
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Origin of orbicular

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin orbiculāris circular, equivalent to Latin orbicul(us) small disk (orbi(s) orb + -culus -cule1) + -āris -ar1
Related formsor·bic·u·lar·i·ty, or·bic·u·lar·ness, nounor·bic·u·lar·ly, adverbsub·or·bic·u·lar, adjectivesub·or·bic·u·lar·ly, adverbsub·or·bic·u·lar·i·ty, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The response was given by the orbicular spirit, who had appeared to me.

    Old Mackinaw

    W. P. Strickland.

  • Shields also are found; some oblong and oval, and some orbicular.

  • Some are flattened, others are orbicular or globose; in some the spiral is very pointed.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • On its head by way of crest it has an orbicular protuberant horn.

    William Harvey

    D'Arcy Powers

  • In all forms there is variation in the stigmata, and in the orbicular especially.

British Dictionary definitions for orbicular


orbiculate or orbiculated

  1. circular or spherical
  2. (of a leaf or similar flat part) circular or nearly circular
  3. rare rounded or total
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Derived Formsorbicularity (ɔːˌbɪkjʊˈlærɪtɪ), nounorbicularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for orbicular


"round, circular, spherical," mid-15c., from Old French orbiculaire "round, circular," or directly from Late Latin orbicularis "circular, orbicular," from Latin orbiculus, diminutive of orbis "circle" (see orb). Related: Orbicularity.

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orbicular in Medicine


  1. Circular.
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