circinate
adjective Etymology: Latin circinatus, past participle of circinare to round, from circinus pair of compasses, from circus Date: 1830 rounded, coiled; especially rolled in the form of a flat coil with the apex as a center <
circinate fern fronds unfolding
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circinately adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Circinate — Cir ci*nate, a. [L. circinatus, p. p. of circinare to make round, fr. circinus a pair of compasses, from Gr. ? a circle.] (Bot.) Rolled together downward, the tip occupying the center; a term used in reference to foliation or leafing, as in ferns …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Circinate — Cir ci*nate, v. t. To make a circle around; to encompass. [Obs.] Bailey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • circinate — [sʉr′sə nāt΄] adj. [L circinatus, pp. of circinare, to make round < circinus, a pair of compasses < Gr kirkinos < kirkos: see CIRCUS] rounded or circular; specif., rolled into a coil on its axis with the apex in the center, as the new… …   English World dictionary

  • circinate — Circular; ring shaped. [L. circinatus, made round, pp. of circino, to make round, fr. circinus, a pair of compasses] * * * cir·ci·nate sər sən .āt adj of lesions having a sharply circumscribed and somewhat circular margin <scaly circinate… …   Medical dictionary

  • circinate — adj. [Gr. kerkos, circle] Ring shaped; spirally rolled …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • circinate — circinately, adv. /serr seuh nayt /, adj. 1. made round; ring shaped. 2. Bot., Mycol. rolled up on the axis at the apex, as a leaf or fruiting body. [1820 30; < L circinatus (ptp. of circinare to make round), equiv. to circin(us) pair of… …   Universalium

  • circinate — adjective a) Used of leaves or similar parts that are coiled on themselves from the apex toward their base. b) Round or ring shaped, particularly with distinct margins forming some sort of motive; annular …   Wiktionary

  • circinate — ring shaped; rolled inwards; spiralling Shapes and Resemblance …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • circinate — adj. rounded; coiled (Botany) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • circinate — [ sə:sɪnət, eɪt] adjective 1》 Botany rolled up with the tip in the centre. 2》 Medicine circular. Origin C19: from L. circinat , circinare make round …   English new terms dictionary

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