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nictate

[ nik-teyt ]
/ ˈnɪkˌteɪt /
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verb (used without object)

to wink.

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Also nic·ti·tate [nik-ti-teyt] /ˈnɪk tɪˌteɪt/ .

Origin of nictate

First recorded in 1755–65; from Latin nictātus, past participle of nictāre “to wink, fidget”
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