contorniate

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adjective

con·​tor·​ni·​ate
kənˈtȯ(r)nēə̇t,
-ēˌāt
: encircled by a groove just inside the edge
a contorniate medal

contorniate

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noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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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“Contorniate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contorniate. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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