One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of two or more things) interlock like the fingers of two clasped hands.‘the scales at the shell margins of opposing valves frequently interdigitate’
- ‘They are supposed to be in two rows, which we call biseriate; however, it often is difficult to see a line of separation because of the way they interdigitate.’
- ‘The dermal joint between the two cranial regions may be straight and simple, or complex and interdigitating.’
- ‘In the more solid regions, spindle cells are in loose fascicles, which may interdigitate.’
- ‘The finger domains can interdigitate into the major groove of the DNA helix.’
- ‘It could be argued that the chains themselves were partially interdigitating.’
Mid 19th century: from inter- ‘between’ + digit + -ate.
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