centum

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adjective cen·tum \ˈken-təm, -ˌtu̇m\

Definition of centum

  1. :  of, relating to, or constituting an Indo-European language group in which the palatal stops did not in prehistoric times become palatal or alveolar fricatives — compare satem

Origin and Etymology of centum

Latin, hundred; from the fact that its initial sound (a velar stop) is the representative of an Indo-European palatal stop — more at hundred


First Known Use: 1893

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