[ an-frak-choo-uh s ]
/ ænˈfræk tʃu əs /
characterized by windings and turnings; sinuous; circuitous: an anfractuous path.
bending, circuitous, crooked, curving, indirect, roundabout, serpentine, sinuous, snaky, tortuous, twisted, twisting
Origin of anfractuous
First recorded in 1615–25; back formation from anfractuosity
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/ (ænˈfræktʃʊəs) /
characterized by twists and turns; convoluted
Word Origin for anfractuous
C17: from Late Latin anfractuōsus, from Latin anfractus a digression, literally: a bending
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"full of windings and turnings," 1620s, from Latin anfractuous, from anfractus "a winding, a turning, bending round," from am(bi)- "around" (see ambi-) + fractus, past participle of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Related: Anfractuosity.
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