contorniate

adjective
con·tor·ni·ate | \kənˈtȯ(r)nēə̇t, -ēˌāt\

Definition of contorniate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: encircled by a groove just inside the edge a contorniate medal

contorniate

noun
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variants: or less commonly contorniato \⸗ˌ⸗nēˈätō \
plural contorniates\-ts \ also contorniati\-ätē \

Definition of contorniate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin bronze contorniate medallion of the Roman Empire first used about the time of Constantine the Great supposedly in connection with a game like chess

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History and Etymology for contorniate

Adjective

Italian contorniato, from past participle of contorniare to make a circuit or outline, from com- + torniare to surround, measure in circuit, from tornio, torno turning lathe, circuit, from Latin tornus lathe

Noun

contorniate from French, from Italian contorniato; contorniato from Italian, from contorniato, adjective

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