- complexioned (usually used in combination): a light-complected boy.
Origin of complected
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.
- to interweave; intertwine.
Origin of complect
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- (in combination) a US dialect word for complexioned
- (tr) archaic to interweave or entwine
C16: from Latin complectī; see complex
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Word Origin and History for complected
1806, American English, "complexioned," a variant derivation from complexion, which, intentionally or not, shows the Latin root.
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