adjective Botany, Zoology.

two-edged: ancipital stems.

Origin of ancipital

1785–95; < Latin ancipit- (stem of anceps; an- (see ancile) + -cipit- combining form of caput head) + -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ancipital


ancipitous (ænˈsɪpɪtəs)


biology flattened and having two edgesancipital stems

Word Origin for ancipital

C18: from Latin anceps two-headed
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ancipital in Medicine




Of or being two-headed or two-edged.
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