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speculara. [L. specularis (cf., from the same root, specula a lookout, watchtower): cf. F. spéculaire. See Speculum.].
  •  Having the qualities of a speculum, or mirror; having a smooth, reflecting surface; as, a specular metal; a specular surface.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Of or pertaining to a speculum; conducted with the aid of a speculum; as, a specular examination.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Assisting sight, as a lens or the like.  [1913 Webster]
    "Thy specular orb
    Apply to well-dissected kernels; lo!
    In each observe the slender threads
    Of first-beginning trees.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Affording view.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
Specular iron. (Min.) See Hematite.


specular, adj.
1 of or having the nature of a speculum.
2 reflecting.

specular iron ore lustrous haematite.
L specularis (as SPECULUM)

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