stel·​lion·​ate | \ ˈstelyənə̇t, -ˌnāt, usually -t+V \
plural -s

Definition of stellionate

Roman, civil, & Scots law
: a fraud not distinguished by a more special name especially : a sale of the same property to different persons or the sale of something as one's own which belongs to another

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History and Etymology for stellionate

Late Latin stellionatus, from Latin stellion-, stellio crafty person (literally, a lizard marked with star-shaped spots, from stella star) + -atus -ate

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“Stellionate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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