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Siamese

[sahy-uh-meez, -mees]
adjective
  1. of or relating to Siam, its people, or their language.
  2. Thai(def 3).
  3. twin; closely connected; similar.
  4. Informal. dual; combined; twofold or two-way: a Siamese sprinkler.
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noun, plural Si·a·mese.
  1. a native of Siam.
  2. Thai(def 2).
  3. Siamese cat.
  4. (usually lowercase) a standpipe placed outside a building close to ground level, having two or more openings so that fire engines can pump water to the sprinkler system of the building.
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Origin of Siamese

First recorded in 1685–95; Siam + -ese
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British Dictionary definitions for siamese

Siamese

noun plural -mese
  1. See Siamese cat
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adjective
  1. characteristic of, relating to, or being a Siamese twin
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adjective, noun
  1. another word for Thai
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Word Origin and History for siamese

Siamese

adj.

"of or pertaining to Siam," 1690s; see Siam + -ese. Also from 1690s as a noun meaning "native of Siam." the original Siamese twins (exhibited from 1829) were Chang and Eng (1814-1874), Thai-Chinese natives of Siam who settled in the U.S. Hence Siamesed (adj.) "joined in the manner of Siamese twins" (1830). Siamese cat is attested from 1871.

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