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Anfractuous

[an-ˈfrak-chə-wəs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, late 16th century

1.

Winding or twisty

2.

Sinuous and circuitous

Examples of Anfractuous in a sentence

"Google Maps told me to take an anfractuous way home, not the most direct route."

"The anfractuous negotiations had the two companies going back and forth for weeks."

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About Anfractuous

To experience something truly anfractuous, head to Yancheng, China. The city is home to the Guinness World Record holder for largest permanent hedge maze in the world. Its winding, circuitous paths are shaped into elaborate designs including an elk, heart, star, and more.

Did you Know?

Anfractuous appears similar to fracture, but the two words’ meanings might not appear to be similar at all. However, they’re both related to the Latin anfractus, which means “bend” or “curve,” with fracture also stemming from the Latin frangere, “to break.”

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