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[kon-ik] /ˈkɒn ɪk/
Also, conical. having the form of, resembling, or pertaining to a cone.
Geometry, conic section.
Origin of conic
1560-70; < Greek kōnikós, equivalent to kôn(os) cone + -ikos -ic
Related forms
conically, adverb
[ko-nis-i-tee] /kɒˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
conicalness, noun
multiconic, adjective
semiconical, adjective
semiconically, adverb
subconic, adjective
subconical, adjective
subconically, adverb
unconical, adjective Unabridged
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  • The scientists studied the conical photoreceptors in the salmon's retina.
  • Large tree with dark or blue-green foliage and a dense, narrow, conical crown of short branches spreading in close rows.
British Dictionary definitions for conical


  1. having the shape of a cone
  2. of or relating to a cone
another name for conic section
See also conics
Derived Forms
conically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin, from Greek kōnikos, from kōnoscone
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Word Origin and History for conical

1560s, "pertaining to a cone," also "having the shape of a cone," from conic + -al (1).



1560s, "pertaining to a cone," from Latin conicus, from Greek konikos "cone-shaped," from konos (see cone).

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conical in Medicine

conical con·i·cal (kŏn'ĭ-kəl) or con·ic (-ĭk)
Of, relating to, or shaped like a cone.

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