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ament

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

1
1785–95; < New Latin, Latin āmentum strap, thong

ament

2
[ey-ment, ey-muh nt]
noun
  1. a person who has amentia.
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Origin of ament

2
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 of ament

  • 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

ament

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

Word Origin for ament

C18: from Latin āmentum strap, thong

ament

2
noun
  1. psychiatry a mentally deficient person
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Word Origin for ament

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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