Pronunciation: (i-lip'ti-kul), [key]
adj. Also,el•lip'tic.
1. pertaining to or having the form of an ellipse.
2. pertaining to or marked by grammatical ellipsis.
3. (of speech or writing) expressed with extreme or excessive economy; relieved of irrelevant matter: to converse in elliptical sentences.
4. (of a style of speaking or writing) tending to be ambiguous, cryptic, or obscure: an elliptical prose that is difficult to translate.

Astron.See elliptical galaxy.

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elliptelliptical galaxy
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