aperitive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Medieval Latin aperitivus, from Late Latin apertivus, from Latin aperio. Doublet of apéritif, from French.

Adjective[edit]

aperitive (comparative more aperitive, superlative most aperitive)

  1. (medicine) Tending to open the bowels; aperient
  2. Serving as an apéritif: a pre-meal alcoholic drink.
    • 1904, Henry James, Fordham Castle:
      She was looking, while so occupied, at the German group engaged in the garden, near by, with aperitive beer and disputation....

Noun[edit]

aperitive (plural aperitives)

  1. (medicine) aperient