circumflexion

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circumflex (ˈsɜːkəmˌflɛks)
 
n
1.  a mark (^) placed over a vowel to show that it is pronounced with rising and falling pitch, as in ancient Greek, as a long vowel rather than a short one, as in French, or with some other different quality
 
adj
2.  (of certain nerves, arteries, or veins) bending or curving around
 
[C16: from Latin circumflexus, from circumflectere to bend around, from circum- + flectere to bend]
 
circum'flexion
 
n

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