[ nik-ti-teyt ]
/ ˈnɪk tɪˌteɪt /
verb (used without object), nic·ti·tat·ed, nic·ti·tat·ing.
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Origin of nictitate
1815–25; < Medieval Latin nictitātus, past participle of nictitāre, frequentative of Latin nictāre to wink, frequentative of nicere to beckon; see -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM nictitatenic·ti·tant, adjective
Words nearby nictitate
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British Dictionary definitions for nictitate
/ (ˈnɪktɪˌteɪt) /
technical words for blink (def. 1)
Derived forms of nictitatenictitation or nictation, noun
Word Origin for nictitate
C19: from Medieval Latin nictitāre to wink repeatedly, from Latin nictāre to wink, from nicere to beckon
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