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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of sneezing.
  • n. A sneeze.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sneeze; sneezing, especially as a symptom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of sneezing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of sneezing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a symptom consisting of the involuntary expulsion of air from the nose


Middle English sternutacioun, from Latin sternūtātiō, sternūtātiōn-, from sternūtātus, past participle of sternūtāre, frequentative of sternuere, to sneeze.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin sternutatio. (Wiktionary)



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  • Technomom, are you a WWFTD fan? I think it was today's (or yesterday's) word. :-)

    February 15, 2008

  • According to another source it's "The act of sneezing or a sneeze."

    February 15, 2008