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2Linguistics. Of a word or element (especially in Algonquian languages): that premodifies a medial element.
Linguistics. Especially in Algonquian languages: a word element premodifying a medial element.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From pre- + medial.
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