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Monday, September 2

Bombinate

[bahm-buh-nāt]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, 19th century

1.

To buzz

2.

To drone

3.

To hum

Examples of Bombinate in a sentence

"The bombinating of the bees grew louder and louder as we got closer to their hive."

"After complaining for hours, his voice just sounded like a bombinating mess."

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About Bombinate

It turns out the bombination — or buzzing — of mosquitoes does more than just annoy humans. Because female mosquitoes are larger, their buzzes are a lower pitch. This helps males identify and find them for mating.

Did you Know?

Bombinate is a fun word to say, and the Renaissance–era writer François Rabelais may have agreed. Long before it entered English, the earliest form of the word appeared in a satirical piece he wrote about the Latin language.

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