One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having the form of a nucleus or kernel; of a rounded shape. Also (Botany: (especially of the apothecia of certain lichens) globose. Now rare.
2Archaeology. Designating a type of prehistoric stone tool, usually with a rounded working edge, which resembles a knapped core.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Benjamin Smart (d. 1872), elocutionist and grammarian. From nucleus + -iform.
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