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Curtate

Postby Grogie » Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:55 am

Short or abbreviated, as a ''curtate life expectancy''.
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Postby KatyBr » Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:21 pm

interesting Grogie, I hadn't heard of that one is it related to curtail?

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Postby KatyBr » Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:23 pm

cur·tail (kr-tl)
tr.v. cur·tailed, cur·tail·ing, cur·tails
To cut short or reduce. See Synonyms at shorten.



[Middle English curtailen, to restrict, probably blend of Old French courtauld, docked; see curtal, and Middle English taillen, to cut (from Old French tailler; see tailor).]

cur·tailer n.
cur·tailment n.


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cur·tate (kûrtt)
adj.
Having been shortened; abbreviated.

[Latin curttus, past participle of curtre, to shorten, from curtus, cut short; see curt.]

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apparently not.

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Postby Grogie » Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:28 pm

Katy, I think curtate comes from the Latin ''curtatus''.
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Postby Grogie » Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:30 pm

That,s the origin m-w.com gives.
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