noun pl. chiasmata
Origin: ModL < Gr chiasma, a crosspiece < chiasmos, placing crosswise < chiazein, to mark with a chi (χ)
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noun pl. chi·as·ma·ta (-mə-tə) or chi·as·mas also chi·asms
Origin: Greek khīasma, cross-piece
Origin: , from khīazein, to mark with an X
Origin: , from khei, khī, chi (from the letter's shape).
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