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altern

[ awl-tern, al- ]
/ ˈɔl tərn, ˈæl- /
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adjective Archaic.
alternate; following one another.
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Origin of altern

1635–45; <Latin altern(us) interchangeable, alternating, equivalent to alter the other (see alter) + -nus adj. suffix
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