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The meaning of "globule"

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The largest pond is as sensitive to atmospheric changes as the globule of mercury in its tube.

As it is used in this quote from "Spring," "globule" is best understood to refer to a

A

spherical pill of compressed sugar

B

small solid body

C

dark nebula that is the site of star formation

D

tiny droplet

E

slight pocket of fat