bombinate

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin bombināre, present active infinitive of bombinō (buzz, hum), variant of Latin bombilō, from Ancient Greek βομβυλιάζειν (bombuliázein), from βόμβος (bómbos, booming, humming), of imitatory origin.

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bombinate (third-person singular simple present bombinates, present participle bombinating, simple past and past participle bombinated)

  1. to buzz or hum
    • 1973: So full a ship, so close-packed a world, moving urgently along, surrounded by its own vacuum; each man bombinating in his own, no doubt. — Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise

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