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specular

[ spek-yuh-ler ]
/ ˈspɛk yə lər /
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adjective

pertaining to or having the properties of a mirror.
pertaining to a speculum.
Optics. (of reflected light) directed, as from a smooth, polished surface (opposed to diffuse).

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Origin of specular

1570–80; <Latin speculāris, equivalent to specul(um) a mirror (spec(ere) to look, regard + -ulum instrumental suffix; see -ule) + -āris-ar1

OTHER WORDS FROM specular

spec·u·lar·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for specular

specular
/ (ˈspɛkjʊlə) /

adjective

of, relating to, or having the properties of a mirrorspecular reflection
of or relating to a speculum

Derived forms of specular

specularly, adverb

Word Origin for specular

C16: from Latin speculāris, from speculum a mirror, from specere to look at
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