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armillary (AHR-muh-ler-ee, ahr-MIL-uh-ree) adjective
Of or pertaining to rings, circles, or hoops.
[From Latin armilla (bracelet, ring), from armus (shoulder).]
An armillary sphere is an ancient instrument made up of rings around a sphere, depicting the relative positions of important circles of the celestial sphere. Nowadays, they are popular as garden adornments. Picture of an armillary sundial.
"Betty planted a box honeysuckle hedge in a semi-circle at the far end but the focal point in her vista is an armillary sphere--a skeletal metal globe." Formal Invitation; Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand); Mar 15, 2003.
"A terrestrial globe housed within a series of 11 interlocking armillary rings." Mary Kay Ricks; Chart a Course to the Library of Congress; The Washington Post; Mar 10, 1999.
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