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ringent

[rin-juh nt]
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adjective
  1. gaping.
  2. Botany. having widely spread lips, as some corollas.
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Origin of ringent

1750–60; < Latin ringent- (stem of ringēns, present participle of ringī to gape), equivalent to ring- open the mouth + -ent- -ent; cf. rictus
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Related Words

accessible, wide, clear, free, susceptible, exposed, stripped, bare, rent, removed, unblocked, unlocked, patent, gaping, extended, agape, rolling, uncovered, emptied, unbarred

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Historical Examples

  • Ringent or Gaping, when the orifice is wide open, as in Fig. 256.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • The flowers of those which we have specified are from one to four inches in diameter, ringent, tubular, or campanulate.


British Dictionary definitions for ringent

ringent

adjective
  1. (of the corolla of plants such as the snapdragon) consisting of two distinct gaping lips
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin ringī to open the mouth wide
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