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geminate

adjective gem·i·nate \ ˈje-mə-nət , -ˌnāt \

Definition of geminate

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

Origin and Etymology of geminate

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


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geminate

verb gem·i·nate \ ˈje-mə-ˌnāt \

Definition of geminate

geminated; geminating
transitive verb
: to make geminate
intransitive verb
: to be or become geminate

gemination

play \ˌje-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

First Known Use of geminate

circa 1637


Medical Dictionary

geminate

adjective gem·i·nate \ ˈjem-ə-nət, -ˌnāt \

medical Definition of geminate

: arranged in pairs

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