limen

[lahy-muh n]

Origin of limen

First recorded in 1890–95, limen is from the Latin word līmen

liman

[li-mahn, -man]
noun Geology.
  1. a muddy lagoon, marsh, or lake near the mouth of a river behind part of the delta and more or less protected from open water by a barrier or spit.
  2. an area of mud or silt deposited near the mouth of a river.

Origin of liman

1855–60; < Russian limán estuary, coastal salt lake < Turkish or Crimean Tatar < Medieval Greek liménion, liménas (compare Greek limḗn harbor)
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British Dictionary definitions for limen

limen

noun plural limens or limina (ˈlɪmɪnə)
  1. psychol another term for threshold (def. 4) See also liminal

Word Origin for limen

C19: from Latin
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limen in Medicine

limen

[līmən]
n. pl. li•mens
  1. The threshold of a physiological or psychological response.
  2. The external opening of a canal; an entrance.
Related formslimi•nal (lĭmə-nəl) adj.
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