#28. Conglomerate

#28. conglomerate
(12 words | 4 syllables)
(first known use 1572)
1 | noun | a composite rock made up of particles of varying size
2 | noun | a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization
3 | verb | collect or gather
4 | adjective | composed of heterogeneous elements gathered into a mass.
(Wolfram Alpha)

made up of parts from various sources or of various kinds.

Origin and Etymology of conglomerate
Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare to roll together, from com- + glomerare to wind into a ball, from glomer-, glomus ball — 

First Known Use: 1572

| intransitive verb |
to gather into a mass or coherent whole {numbers of dull people conglomerated round her — Virginia Woolf}


A number of different things or parts that are put or grouped together to form a whole but remain distinct entities:
the Earth is a specialized conglomerate of organisms.

Originating in Late Middle English (as an adjective describing something gathered up into a rounded mass): from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare, from con- ‘together’ + glomus, glomer- ‘ball’. The geological sense dates from the early 19th century; the other noun senses are later
(Oxford English Dictionary)

conglomerate (n.)
“large business group,” 1967, from conglomerate (adj.).

1590s, from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare (see conglomerate (adj.)). Related: Conglomerated; conglomerating.

1570s, from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare “to roll together,” from com- “together” (see com-) + glomerare “to gather into a ball,” from glomus (genitive glomeris) “a ball,” from PIE root *glem-.

1620s, from Latin conglomerationem (nominative conglomeratio), noun of action from past participle stem of conglomerare (see conglomerate (adj.))
(Etymology Online)

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