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[kuh-luhm-ner] /kəˈlʌm nər/
shaped like a column.
characterized by columns:
columnar architecture.
Also, columnal. printed, arranged, etc., in columns:
data in columnar form.
Origin of columnar
1720-30; < Late Latin columnāris, equivalent to column(a) column + -āris -ar1
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[kol-uh m-nar-i-tee] /ˌkɒl əmˈnær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • Foam, plastic cups, or cardboard boxes will also protect the tender tips of columnar cactus if you're not a knitter.
  • columnar cacti and other succulents that hold water in their leaves and stems thrive in the area.
  • Then the street was adorned with columnar gingko trees and contemporary street lamps.
  • The mucous lining of the lacrimal sac and nasolacrimal duct is covered with columnar epithelium, which in places is ciliated.
  • The cells in the mucous alveoli are columnar in shape.
  • There are two types of cells on the cervix's surface: squamous and columnar.
  • The library is a long room, with apsidal ends set off behind columnar screens.
Word Origin and History for columnar

1728, from Late Latin columnaris "rising in the form of a pillar," from columna "column" (see column).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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