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Geminate \Gem"i*nate\, a. [L. geminatus, p. p. of genimare to double. See Gemini.] (Bot.) In pairs or twains; two together; binate; twin; as, geminate flowers.


Geminate \Gem"i*nate\, v. t. To double. [R.]
--B. Jonson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"duplicated, found in pairs," 1590s, from Latin geminatus "twinned, equal," past participle of geminare "to double, repeat," related to geminus "twin," perhaps from PIE *yem- "to pair." As a verb, from 1630s. Related: Geminated; geminating.

  1. Forming a pair. n. (cx linguistics English) A doubled or repeated letter or speech sound. v

  2. 1 To arrange in pairs. 2 To occur in pairs.

  1. n. a doubled or long consonant; "the `n' in `thinness' is a geminate"

  2. v. form by reduplication; "The consonant reduplicates after a short vowel"; "The morpheme can be reduplicated to emphasize the meaning of the word" [syn: reduplicate]

  3. occur in pairs [syn: pair]

  4. arrange in pairs; "Pair these numbers" [syn: pair]

  5. arrange or combine in pairs; "The consonants are geminated in these words"

Usage examples of "geminate".

Aquamarina both single and double, a mirage in an emirate, a geminate gem, an orgy of epithelial alliterations.