genuflections

genuflection

[jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
noun
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.
Also, especially British, genuflexion.


Origin:
1520–30; < Medieval Latin genūflexiōn- (stem of genūflexiō). See genuflect, -ion

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genuflection
1526, from L.L. genuflectionem (nom. genuflexio), from stem of genuflectere "genuflect," from L. genu "knee" (cf. Skt. janu, Gk. gonu, Goth. kniu, O.E. cneo) + flectere "to bend."
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