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oscitant

[ os-i-tuhnt ]
/ ˈɒs ɪ tənt /
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adjective
yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
drowsy or inattentive.
dull, lazy, or negligent.
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Origin of oscitant

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin ōscitant- (stem of ōscitāns, present participle of ōscitāre “to gape, yawn (used of animals), be listless”), equivalent to ōs “mouth” + cit(āre) “to put in motion” + -ant- -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM oscitant

os·ci·tan·cy, os·ci·tance, noun
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