penultima

noun
pen·​ul·​ti·​ma | \ pi-ˈnəl-tə-mə How to pronounce penultima (audio) \

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First Known Use of penultima

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for penultima

Latin

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“Penultima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penultima. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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