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interdigitate

[in-ter-dij-i-teyt]
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verb (used with or without object), in·ter·dig·i·tat·ed, in·ter·dig·i·tat·ing.
  1. to interlock, as or like the fingers of both hands.

Origin of interdigitate

First recorded in 1840–50; inter- + digitate
Related formsin·ter·dig·i·ta·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for interdigitate

Historical Examples

  • The ranges of the two species do not overlap in the strict sense but interdigitate in a parapatric type of distribution.

    Geographic Variation in the Pocket Gopher, Thomys bottae, in Colorado

    Phillip M. Youngman


British Dictionary definitions for interdigitate

interdigitate

verb
  1. (intr) to interlock like the fingers of clasped hands

Word Origin

C19: from inter- + Latin digitus (see digit) + -ate 1
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