cen·​tum | \ ˈken-təm How to pronounce centum (audio) , -ˌtu̇m \

Definition of centum

: 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

First Known Use of centum

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Centum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centum?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=centum01. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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