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ament1

[am-uh nt, ey-muh nt]
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noun Botany.
  1. catkin.
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Origin of ament1

1785–95; < New Latin, Latin āmentum strap, thong

ament2

[ey-ment, ey-muh nt]
noun
  1. a person who has amentia.
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Origin of ament2

1890–95; < Latin āment- (stem of āmēns out of one's mind, mad), equivalent to ā- a-4 + ment-; see mental1
Related formsa·men·tal [ey-men-tl] /eɪˈmɛn tl/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Sam's two years at Ament's were now complete, and Orion induced him to take employment on the Journal.

    Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • At Ament's he generally had a daily task, either of composition or press-work, after which he was free.

  • I got one suit and took the rest out in Ament's old garments, which didn't fit me in any noticeable way.

  • When he had been with Ament little more than a year Sam had become office favorite and chief standby.

  • Then it suddenly developed that the cable report had "grossly exaggerated" the amount of Mr. Ament's collections.


British Dictionary definitions for ament

ament1

noun
  1. another name for catkin Also called: amentum (əˈmɛntəm)
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Derived Formsamentaceous, adjectiveamentiferous, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin āmentum strap, thong

ament2

noun
  1. psychiatry a mentally deficient person
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin āment-, āmens without mind; see amentia
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Word Origin and History for ament

n.

"person born an idiot," 1894, from Latin amentia "madness," from amentem "mad," from a- "away from" + mentem "mind" (see mind (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ament in Medicine

ament

mĕnt′, āmənt)
n.
  1. A person whose intellectual capacity remains undeveloped.
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ament in Science

ament

[ămənt, āmənt]
  1. See catkin.
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