Siamese

Siamese

[sahy-uh-meez, -mees]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Siam, its people, or their language.
2.
Thai ( def 3 ).
3.
twin; closely connected; similar.
4.
Informal. dual; combined; twofold or two-way: a Siamese sprinkler.
noun, plural Siamese.
5.
a native of Siam.
6.
Thai ( def 2 ).
8.
(usually lowercase) a standpipe placed outside a building close to ground level, having two or more openings so that fire engines can pump water to the sprinkler system of the building.

Origin:
1685–95; Siam + -ese

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Siamese (ˌsaɪəˈmiːz)
 
n , pl -mese
1.  See Siamese cat
 
adj
2.  characteristic of, relating to, or being a Siamese twin
 
adj, —n
3.  another word for Thai

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Siamese
1693, "native of Siam" (as Thailand was called before 1939 and again from 1945-48); the original Siamese twins (1829) were Chang and Eng (1814-74), natives of Siam. Siamese cat is attested from 1871.
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