circumflex

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin circumflexus (bent about), which is the past participle of circumflectere and a calque of Ancient Greek περισπώμενος (perispómenos, drawn around).

Noun[edit]

circumflex (plural circumflexes)

  1. (orthography) a diacritical mark (ˆ) placed over a vowel in certain languages to change its pronunciation; also used in combination with certain consonants in Esperanto to create additional letters

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Adjective[edit]

circumflex

  1. having a circumflex mark
    ê is e circumflex.
  2. curving around
    The circumflex coronary artery

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Verb[edit]

circumflex (third-person singular simple present circumflexes, present participle circumflexing, simple past and past participle circumflexed)

  1. to mark or pronounce with a circumflex
    to circumflex a syllable
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