an·​cip·​i·​tal | \ (ˈ)an¦sipətᵊl \
variants: or ancipitous \ -​təs \

Definition of ancipital

: double-edged used of flattened stems (as of certain grasses)

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First Known Use of ancipital

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ancipital

Latin ancipit-, anceps two-headed, two-edged (from—assumed—ambicipit-, ambiceps, from ambi- + -ceps, from caput head) + English -al or -ous

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“Ancipital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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