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Sunday, January 31

Nictate

[NIK-tayt]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, late 17th century

1.

Blink.

Examples of Nictate in a sentence

"You must resist the urge to nictate to win a staring contest."

"The doctor instructed me to nictate after using the antibiotic eye drops."

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About Nictate

Nictate, an alternate word for "blink," developed trifold in Latin — from "nictat," (blinked), the verb "nictare" (to blink), and the medieval Latin word "nictitate."

Did you Know?

The ability to nictate is automatic, but there are always people out there who want to test the extent of the human body — such as how long you can go without blinking. The current world record stands at 40 minutes and 59 seconds.

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