(biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
(obsolete) An abridgment. [Mid 16th century.]
Origin of Abbreviate
Either from Middle English abbreviaten, from Latin abbreviātus, perfect passive participle of abbreviō (“to shorten”), formed from ad + breviō (“shorten”), from brevis (“short”) or Back-formation from abbreviation..
Middle English abbreviaten from Late Latin abbreviāre abbreviāt- ad- ad- breviāre to shorten (from brevis short mregh-u- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Late Latin abbreviātus, perfect passive participle of abbreviō (“abbreviate”).
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