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nictitate

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Synonyms for nictitate

  • bat
  • flash
  • flicker
  • flutter
  • glimmer
  • glitter
  • nictate
  • scintillate
  • shimmer
  • sparkle
  • squint
  • twinkle
  • wink
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WORD ORIGIN

"to wink," 1822, from Medieval Latin nictitatus, past participle of nictitare, frequentative of Latin nictare "wink, blink," related to nicere "to beckon," from PIE root *kneigwh- "to lean on, to bend" (the eyelids together). Related: Nictitated; nictitating (1713). Earlier form was nictate (v.), 1690s, from Latin nictare.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR NICTITATE

blink

verbwink of eye; twinkle
  • bat
  • flash
  • flicker
  • flutter
  • glimmer
  • glitter
  • nictate
  • nictitate
  • scintillate
  • shimmer
  • sparkle
  • squint

wink

nounflutter, flick
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