geminate

adjective
gem·​i·​nate | \ ˈje-mə-nət How to pronounce geminate (audio) , -ˌnāt \

Definition of geminate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : arranged in pairs : duplicate
2 : being a sequence of identical speech sounds (as in meanness or Italian notte \ˈnȯt-te\ "night")

geminate

verb
gem·​i·​nate | \ ˈje-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce geminate (audio) \
geminated; geminating

Definition of geminate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make geminate

intransitive verb

: to be or become geminate

Other Words from geminate

Verb

gemination \ ˌje-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce gemination (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of geminate

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1637, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for geminate

Adjective

Latin geminatus, past participle of geminare to double, from geminus twin

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“Geminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geminate. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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geminate

adjective
gem·​i·​nate | \ ˈjem-ə-nət, -ˌnāt How to pronounce geminate (audio) \

Medical Definition of geminate

: arranged in pairs

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