Definitions for centumˈkɛn təm, -tʊm

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cen•tumˈkɛn təm, -tʊm(adj.)

  1. of or designating the group of Indo-European languages, comprising the Germanic, Celtic, Italic, Hellenic, Anatolian, and Tocharian branches, in which Proto-Indo-European palatal phonemes developed into velar sounds, as (k) or (KH ).

    Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: Compare satem.

Origin of centum:

1900–05; < L: hundred , exemplifying in c- the outcome of IE palato-velar stops characteristic of the group


  1. centum(Adjective)

    referring to a Proto-Indo-European language group that did not produce sibilants from a series of palatovelar stops.

  2. Origin: centum, the canonical example of a word retaining an original velar stop, as opposed to Avestan .


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