1. Circular or spherical.
2. Botany Circular and flat. Used especially of leaves.
[Middle English orbiculer, from Old French orbiculaire, from Late Latin orbiculāris, from Latin orbiculus, diminutive of orbis, circle, disk; see orbh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
or·bic′u·lari·ty (-lărĭ-tē) n.
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