bombinate

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verb bom·bi·nate \ ˈbäm-bə-ˌnāt \

Definition of bombinate

bombinated; bombinating
intransitive verb

bombination

play \ˌbäm-bə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

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Bombinate sounds like it should be the province of bombastic blowhards who bound up and bombard you with droning blather at parties-and it is. The word derives from the Greek word bombos, a term that probably originated as an imitation of a deep, hollow sound (the kind we would likely refer to as "booming" nowadays). Latin speakers rendered the original Greek form as "bombus," and that root gave forth a veritable din of raucous English offspring, including not only "bombinate," but also "bomb," "bombard," and "bound" ("to leap"). However, Latin bombus is not a direct ancestor of "bombastic," which traces to "bombyx," a Greek name for the silkworm.

Origin and Etymology of bombinate

New Latin bombinatus, past participle of bombinare, alteration of Latin bombilare, from bombus


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