Definition of circinate in English:

circinate

adjective

Botany
  • 1Rolled up with the tip in the center, for example the young frond of a fern.

    • ‘Droseraceæ are known from Violaceæ by their circinate leaves.’
    • ‘Most also have circinate branch tips, which unroll like the fiddle head of a fern.’
    1. 1.1Medicine Circular in appearance.
      • ‘Hard exudates may form a circinate pattern around a leaking microaneurysm.’
      • ‘The transilluminated retinal image of the right eye at autopsy shows a circinate, elevated, perimacular retinal fold.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Latin circinatus, past participle of circinare ‘make round’, from circinus ‘pair of compasses’.

Pronunciation

circinate

/ˈsərsəˌnāt//ˈsərsəˌneɪt/