Variant of initial
Origin: from French or L: French from Classical Latin initialis from initium, a beginning from inire, to go into, enter upon, begin from in-, into, inch(es) plush ire, to go from Indo-European base an unverified form ei- from source Gothic iddja
- a capital, or uppercase, letter; specif.,
- an extra-large capital letter at the start of a printed paragraph, chapter, etc.
- the first letter of a name
- Biol. a primordial cell that determines the basic pattern of derived tissues; specif., a meristematic cell
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