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complected

[kuh m-plek-tid] /kəmˈplɛk tɪd/
adjective
1.
complexioned (usually used in combination):
a light-complected boy.
Origin of complected
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism; complect- (back formation from complexion, presumably taken as *complection) + -ed3
Usage note
Complected, a back formation from complexion, is an Americanism dating from the early 19th century. Although it has been criticized by some as a dialectal or nonstandard substitution for complexioned, it occurs in the speech of educated persons and occasionally in edited writing.

complect

[kuh m-plekt] /kəmˈplɛkt/
verb (used with object), Obsolete.
1.
to interweave; intertwine.
Origin
1515-25; < Latin complectī to embrace, enfold, equivalent to com- com- + plect(ere) to plait, braid + passive infinitive ending; cf. complex
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British Dictionary definitions for complected

complected

/kəmˈplɛktɪd/
adjective
1.
(in combination) a US dialect word for complexioned

complect

/kəmˈplɛkt/
verb
1.
(transitive) (archaic) to interweave or entwine
Word Origin
C16: from Latin complectī; see complex
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Word Origin and History for complected
adj.

1806, American English, "complexioned," a variant derivation from complexion, which, intentionally or not, shows the Latin root.

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