Shapes and Forms.


First published in December 2012

Word Definition
napiformResembling a turnip in shape, form, or appearance.
nephroidKidney-shaped.
nodatedKnotted.
nuggetyIn nuggets.
nummularCoin-shaped.
olivaryOlive-shaped.
ooidalEgg-shaped.
paliformShaped like a stake.
pectinalHaving teeth like a comb.
pediformShaped like a foot.
phacoidLens-shaped, lentil-shaped.
piriformShaped like a pear.
premorseEnding abruptly as if bitten off.
ramiformBranching; shaped like branches.
repandSlightly wavy.
retiformShaped like a net.
sagittalShaped like an arrowhead.
scopateBrush-like.
scutateBuckler-shaped; round or nearly round.
scyphateCup-shaped.
setiformShaped like a bristle.
sheafyResembling a sheaf.
slubbyLumpy, knobbly in texture.
spherySphere-like; belonging to the celestial spheres.
sphenoidWedge-shaped; (noun) a wedge-shaped bone.
subulateAwl-shaped.
trochalResembling or revolving like a wheel.
uncinateHooked at the end.
xiphoidSword-like; (noun) the xiphoid process or xiphisternum
ypsiloidIn the form of the letter Y.
zygalFormed like the letter H; of or relating to a yoke or union.