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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ancipital was in 1775

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“Ancipital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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