dec·​u·​man | \ ˈdekyəmən \

Definition of decuman

1 of a wave : extremely large : huge that decuman wave that took us fore and aft— P. A. Motteux
2 : of or relating to the tenth cohort used especially of the chief gate of a Roman camp

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History and Etymology for decuman

Latin decumanus, decimanus of the tenth, large, from decumus, decimus tenth (from decem ten) + -anus -an

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“Decuman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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