tumescent [too-mes-uh nt, tyoo-]
1. swelling; slightly tumid.
2. exhibiting or affected with many ideas or emotions; teeming.
3. pompous and pretentious, especially in the use of language; bombastic.
Origin: 1880-85; < Latin tumēscent- (stem of tumēscēns, present participle of tumēscere to begin to swell), equivalent to tum (ēre) to swell + -ēscent- -escent
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