One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Rolled up with the tip in the center, 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.’
- 1.1Medicine 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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