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Denoting leaves or fronds that are rolled up with the tip in the centre, for example the young frond of a fern.
- ‘Most also have circinate branch tips, which unroll like the fiddle head of a fern.’
- ‘Droseraceæ are known from Violaceæ by their circinate leaves.’
Circular in appearance.
- ‘The transilluminated retinal image of the right eye at autopsy shows a circinate, elevated, perimacular retinal fold.’
- ‘Hard exudates may form a circinate pattern around a leaking microaneurysm.’
Early 19th century: from Latin circinatus, past participle of circinare ‘make round’, from circinus ‘pair of compasses’.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.