One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The state or condition of being geniculate; jointed or angled structure; an instance of this.
2A node or joint, especially one at which a bend or angle occurs; a bend or angle.
3Mineralogy. An angle, especially a right angle, in a crystal, formed by the process of twinning; the presence or formation of such an angle; an instance of this.
Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). Originally from post-classical Latin geniculation-, geniculatio act of kneeling (late 2nd or early 3rd cent. in Tertullian) from geniculat-, past participial stem of geniculare to bend the knee + classical Latin -iō.
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