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[bom-buh-neyt] /ˈbɒm bəˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), bombinated, bombinating.
to make a humming or buzzing noise.
Origin of bombinate
1875-80; < New Latin bombinātus, past participle of bombināre, apparently coined by Rabelais on basis of Latin bombilāre to hum, buzz < Greek bombyliázein, derivative of bómbos; see bomb
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bombination, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bombinate


(intransitive) (literary) to make a buzzing noise Also (rare) bombilate
Derived Forms
bombination, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin bombināre, variant of bombilāre to buzz
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Word Origin and History for bombinate

"make a buzzing noise," 1865, from Latin bombinare, corrupted from bombitare "to hum, buzz," from bombus "a deep, hollow sound; hum, buzz," echoic. Related: Bombinated; bombinating.

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