(10 letters | 3 syllables)
First use – 1577 (?)
| noun | a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality.
- characterized by the pitch, quantity, or quality indicated by a circumflex
- marked with a circumflex
circumflex: (also accent)
A mark (^) placed over a vowel in some languages to indicate contraction, length, or pitch or tone.
Bending around something else; curved: regarding surgical procedure, or anatomical structure. Example:
circumflex coronary arteries
1570s, from Latin (accentus) circumflexus, “bent around,” past participle of circumflectere “to bend around,” of a charioteer, “turn around” (from circum “around;” see circum-, + flectere “to bend;” see flexible); used as a loan-translation of Greek (prosodia) perispomenos (Dionysius of Halicarnassus), literally “drawn-around,” with reference to shape