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 for prolate spheroid
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spheroid \Sphe"roid\, n. [L. spheroides ball-like, spherical,
     Gr. ???; ???? sphere + e'i^dos form: cf. F. sph['e]ro["i]de.]
     A body or figure approaching to a sphere, but not perfectly
     spherical; esp., a solid generated by the revolution of an
     ellipse about one of its axes.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Oblate spheroid, Prolate spheroid. See Oblate,
        Prolate, and Ellipsoid.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prolate \Pro"late\, a. [L. prolatus, used as p. p. of proferre
     to bring forth, to extend; pro + latus, p. p. See Pro-, and
     Tolerate. ]
     Stretched out; extended; especially, elongated in the
     direction of a line joining the poles; as, a prolate
     spheroid; -- opposed to oblate.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Prolate cycloid. See the Note under Cycloid.
  
     Prolate ellipsoid or Prolate spheroid (Geom.), a figure
        generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its major
        axis. Contrasted with oblate spheroid. See Ellipsoid of
        revolution, under Ellipsoid.
        [1913 Webster]

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