A globule is a small drop or blob of something, especially a thick liquid. It was only after you dripped globules of paint all over your bedroom floor that you realized you should have used a drop cloth when you painted the ceiling.

When the word globule first appeared in English during the 17th century, it specifically referred to a tiny round thing, a "little globe or sphere." Its roots go back to the Latin globus, "round mass or ball." These days it's perfectly acceptable to talk about a globule of anything that's dripping or forming a small, blobby mass, like the globules of oatmeal in the hair of an enthusiastic baby at breakfast.

Definitions of globule
  1. noun
    a small globe or ball
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    a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide)
    air bubble
    a bubble of air
    foam, froth
    a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid
    soap bubble
    a bubble formed by a thin soap film
    type of:
    ball, globe, orb
    an object with a spherical shape
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