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oscitant

[os-i-tuh nt] /ˈɒs ɪ tənt/
adjective
1.
yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
2.
drowsy or inattentive.
3.
dull, lazy, or negligent.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin ōscitant- (stem of ōscitāns) (present participle of ōscitāre to gape, yawn), equivalent to ōs mouth + cit(āre) to put in motion) + -ant- -ant
Related forms
oscitancy, oscitance, noun
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Word Origin and History for oscitant
adj.

"yawning," from Latin oscitans "listless, sluggish, lazy," present participle of oscitare "to gape, yawn," from os citare "to move the mouth" (see oral and cite).

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