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Thursday, December 20, 2001

Definitions for bombinate

  1. To buzz; to hum; to drone.
  2. to make a humming or buzzing noise.

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Citations for bombinate
Like his co-workers he had been somewhat stampeded by Dorn's imitative faculties, faculties which enabled the former journalist to bombinate twice as loud in a void three times as great as any of his colleagues. Ben Hecht, Erik Dorn, 1921
He is often drunk. His head hurts. Snatches of conversation, remembered precepts, prefigured cries of terror bombinate about his skull. Elspeth Barker, Independent
Origin of bombinate
1875-1880
Bombinate derives from the Latin verb bombināre, which is thought to have been coined by Rabelais on the basis of the Latin bombilāre, "to hum, buzz."
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