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1circumflex

adjective cir·cum·flex \ˈsər-kəm-ˌfleks\

Definition of CIRCUMFLEX

1
:  characterized by the pitch, quantity, or quality indicated by a circumflex
2
:  marked with a circumflex
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Origin of CIRCUMFLEX

Latin circumflexus, past participle of circumflectere to bend around, mark with a circumflex, from circum- + flectere to bend
First Known Use: circa 1577

2circumflex

noun

: a mark ˆ used in some languages (such as French) to show how a vowel should be pronounced

Full Definition of CIRCUMFLEX

:  a mark ˆ, , or ˜ originally used in Greek over long vowels to indicate a rising-falling tone and in other languages to mark length, contraction, or a particular vowel quality

First Known Use of CIRCUMFLEX

1609
Medical Dictionary

circumflex

adjective cir·cum·flex \ˈsər-kəm-ˌfleks\

Medical Definition of CIRCUMFLEX

of nerves and blood vessels :  bending around

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