\ ˈsēt \
plural -s

Definition of cete

 (Entry 1 of 3)

\ ˈsēt \
plural -s

Definition of cete (Entry 2 of 3)

of badgers


Ce·​te | \ ˈsēˌtē \

Definition of Cete (Entry 3 of 3)

taxonomic synonym of cetacea

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History and Etymology for cete

Noun (1)

Latin cetus

Noun (2)

perhaps from Latin coetus coming together, assembly, from coitus, past participle of coire to come together, from co- + ire to go

New Latin, from Latin (plural of cetus whale), from Greek kētē (plural of kētos sea monster, whale)

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“Cete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cete. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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