decussate [ verb dih-kuhs-eyt, dek-uh-seyt; adjective dih-kuhs-eyt, -it ]
verb (used with or without object), de·cus·sat·ed, de·cus·sat·ing.
1. to cross in the form of an X; intersect.
2. in the form of an X; crossed; intersected.
3. Botany. arranged along the stem in pairs, each pair at right angles to the pair next above or below, as leaves.
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WORDS RELATED TO DECUSSATE
crisscross, bisect, crosscut, intersect
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Origin: 1650–60; < Medieval Latin decussātus divided in the form of an X (past participle of decussāre), equivalent to Latin decuss(is) the numeral ten, originally, a ten-as weight (dec(em) ten + -ussis, combining form of asas2) + -ātus-ate
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