rotund

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Borrowing from Latin rotundus (round), from Latin rota (wheel), from Proto-Indo-European *ret- (to run, to roll) [1]. Doublet of round, which arrived through Old French/Anglo-Norman.

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rotund (comparative rotunder, superlative rotundest)

  1. Having a round or spherical shape; circular; orbicular.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 23, in Crime out of Mind[1]:
      He was a plump little man and we had been walking uphill at a pace—set by him—far too rapid for his short legs. He breathed stertorously, and half the drops which glimmered on his rotund face were not rain but sweat.
  2. Round in body shape; portly or plump; podgy.
  3. (of a sound) Full and rich; orotund; sonorous; full-toned.

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From Latin rotundus (round), possibly through a Vulgar Latin form retundus, especially in the case of the variant form, rătund, which was the original form (compare Spanish and Portuguese redondo, archaic Italian ritondo (standard rotondo), Occitan redond, Catalan redó (variant of standard rodó), French rond (Old French reont)). The current standard form of the word may simply be a natural evolution from the older form in southern Romania. [1]

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rotund m, n (feminine singular rotundă, masculine plural rotunzi, feminine and neuter plural rotunde)

  1. round

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  1. ^ Romanian Explanatory Dictionary http://dexonline.ro/definitie/rotund