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anfractuous

[an-frak-choo-uh s] /ænˈfræk tʃu əs/
adjective
1.
characterized by windings and turnings; sinuous; circuitous:
an anfractuous path.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; back formation from anfractuosity
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British Dictionary definitions for anfractuous

anfractuous

/ænˈfræktʃʊəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by twists and turns; convoluted
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin anfractuōsus, from Latin anfractus a digression, literally: a bending
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Word Origin and History for anfractuous
adj.

"full of windings and turnings," 1620s, from Latin anfractuous, from anfractus "a winding, a turning, bending round," from am(bi)- "around" (see ambi-) + fractus, past participle of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Related: Anfractuosity.

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