[rin-juh nt]


Botany. having widely spread lips, as some corollas.

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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(of the corolla of plants such as the snapdragon) consisting of two distinct gaping lips

Word Origin for ringent

C18: from Latin ringī to open the mouth wide
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