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adjectiveEnglish Regional, United States Regional
Affected by or causing constipation; = "costive".
Late 16th century; earliest use found in New Pleasant & Delightfull Astrology. Apparently an alteration of costive, probably by association with caustic (which is attested in the 16th and 17th centuries in the forms costic, costick); compare forms of costive with medial -au-.
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