1. Whirling in the manner of a top. "A spiral and turbinated motion of the whole." (Bentley)

2. <botany> Shaped like a top, or inverted cone; narrow at the base, and broad at the apex; as, a turbinated ovary, pericarp, or root.

3. <anatomy> Turbinal.

4. <zoology> Spiral with the whorls decreasing rapidly from a large base to a pointed apex; said of certain shells.

Origin: L. Turbinatus, turbo, turben, -inis, a whirl, top.

(01 Mar 1998)

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