Etymology
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elliptical (adj.)

1650s, "elliptic in shape;" see elliptic + -al (1). Grammatical sense of "missing essential words or phrases" is recorded from 1778 (see ellipsis). Related: Elliptically.

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Definitions of elliptical

elliptical (adj.)
rounded like an egg;
Synonyms: egg-shaped / elliptic / oval / oval-shaped / ovate / oviform / ovoid / prolate
elliptical (adj.)
characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements; "the explanation was concise, even elliptical to the verge of obscurity"- H.O.Taylor;
Synonyms: elliptic
From wordnet.princeton.edu