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rhomboid

[rom-boid]
noun
  1. an oblique-angled parallelogram with only the opposite sides equal.
  2. Anatomy. rhomboideus.
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adjective
  1. Also rhom·boi·dal. having a form like or similar to that of a rhombus; shaped like a rhomboid.
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Origin of rhomboid

1560–70; < Late Latin rhomboīdes < Greek rhomboeidḕs (schêma) rhomboid (form, shape). See rhombus, -oid
Related formsrhom·boi·dal·ly, adverbsub·rhom·boid, adjectivesub·rhom·boi·dal, adjective
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  • He named it rhomboides, meaning "rhomboid," from the shape of its body.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall

  • I am simply telling you what Dr. Rhomboid told me last night.

    The Passion for Life

    Joseph Hocking

  • Then came Dr. Rhomboid's verdict, followed by my visit to Cornwall.

    The Passion for Life

    Joseph Hocking

  • It is nearly a year since I came here, and a year was all Dr. Rhomboid gave me to live.

    The Passion for Life

    Joseph Hocking

  • Occasionally they are elongated and flattened; they then assume the form of a rhomboid.


British Dictionary definitions for rhomboid

rhomboid

noun
  1. a parallelogram having adjacent sides of unequal length
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adjective Also: rhom'boidal
  1. having such a shape
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Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin rhomboides, from Greek rhomboeidēs shaped like a rhombus
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Word Origin and History for rhomboid

n.

1560s, from Middle French rhomboide or directly from Late Latin rhomboides, from Greek rhomboeides "rhomboidal; a rhomboid;" see rhombus + -oid. Related: Rhomboidal. As an adjective from 1690s.

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rhomboid in Medicine

rhomboid

(rŏmboid′)
adj.
  1. Resembling a parallelogram having unequal adjacent sides.
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rhomboid in Science

rhomboid

[rŏmboid′]
  1. A parallelogram with unequal adjacent sides.
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Related formsrhomboid, rhomboidal adjective

rhombus

[rŏmbəs]
Plural rhombuses rhombi (rŏm)
  1. A parallelogram with four equal sides; an equilateral parallelogram.
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Related formsrhomboid, rhomboidal adjective
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