o·rac·u·lar (ô-răkyə-lər, ō-răk-)
1. Of, relating to, or being an oracle.
2. Resembling or characteristic of an oracle:
a. Solemnly prophetic.
b. Enigmatic; obscure.
[From Latin ōrāculum, oracle, from ōrāre, to speak.]
o·rac′u·lari·ty (-lărĭ-tē) n.
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