#30. Circumflex

(10 letters | 3 syllables)

First use – 1577
| noun | a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality.
(Wolfram Alpha)

characterized by the pitch, quantity, or quality indicated by a circumflex
marked with a circumflex
(Merriam Webster)

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:
coronary arteries
(Oxford Dictionary)

circumflex (n.)
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

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