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A.Word.A.Day--duodecimal

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This week's theme: words related to number 12, to mark the 12th anniversary of the founding of Wordsmith.org.

duodecimal (doo-uh-DES-uh-muhl, dyoo-) adjective

Of or relating to the number twelve.

noun

A twelfth.

[From Latin duodecimus (twelfth), from duodecim (twelve), from duo (two) + decem (ten).]

See more usage examples of duodecimal in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"According to Catherine, [Robert] ended up believing that aliens were trying to communicate with him via the duodecimal system." Philip French; You've Got My Numbers; The Observer (London, UK); Feb 12, 2006.

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