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[kuh-nahy-vuh nt]
adjective Botany, Zoology.
  1. converging, as petals.
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Origin of connivent

First recorded in 1635–45, connivent is from the Latin word connīvent- (stem of connīvēns, present participle of connīvēre). See connive, -ent
Related formssub·con·niv·ent, adjective
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Examples from the Web for connivent

Historical Examples

  • When upright, if the tips incline inward the lobes are said to be connivent; if inclined outward, they are reflexed, or divergent.

    The Pears of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

British Dictionary definitions for connivent


  1. (of parts of plants and animals) touching without being fused, as some petals, insect wings, etc
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Derived Formsconnivently, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin connīvēns, from connīvēre to shut the eyes, connive
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Word Origin and History for connivent


1640s, from Latin conniventem (nominative connivens), present participle of connivere (see connive).

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