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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a linguistic form or construction that expresses a singular entity, often as opposed to a collective, such as rice-grain as opposed to rice.
- n. A singulative form or construction.
- From French singulatif, from Latin singillatim ("singly", "one by one"), from singulus ("single", "separate"), from simplex ("simple", "single"), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (“one, together”). (Wiktionary)
- French singulatif, from Latin singillātim, singulātim, one at a time, singly, from singulus, single; see single. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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