#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)

conglomerate
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}
(Merriam-Webster)

conglomerate:

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.).

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

conglomerate
(adj.)
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-.

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

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