One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having the form of a disc; disc-shaped, discoidal; (Medicine) characterized by lesions of this form.
2Botany. Of a composite flower: composed of fertile disc florets with reduced or filiform marginal florets, superficially similar to a discoid flower.
Early 19th century. From post-classical Latin and scientific Latin disciformis from disci-, combining form of classical Latin discus + -formis.
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