in·su·lar (ĭnsə-lər, ĭnsyə-)
a. Of, relating to, or constituting an island.
b. Living or located on an island.
a. Suggestive of the isolated life of an island: "He is an exceedingly insular man, so deeply private as to seem inaccessible to the scrutiny of a novelist" (Leonard Michaels).
b. Circumscribed and detached in outlook and experience; narrow or provincial.
3. Anatomy Of or relating to isolated tissue or an island of tissue.
[French insulaire, from Late Latin īnsulāris, from Latin īnsula, island.]
insu·lar·ism, in′su·lari·ty (-lărĭ-tē) n.
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