anfractuous


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an·frac·tu·ous

 (ăn-frăk′cho͞o-əs)
adj.
Full of twists and turns; tortuous.

[Late Latin ānfrāctuōsus, from Latin ānfrāctus, winding : am-, ambi-, around; see ambi- + frāctus, past participle of frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]
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anfractuous

(ænˈfræktʃʊəs)
adj
characterized by twists and turns; convoluted
[C17: from Late Latin anfractuōsus, from Latin anfractus a digression, literally: a bending]
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an•frac•tu•ous

(ænˈfræk tʃu əs)

adj.
characterized by windings and turnings: an anfractuous path.
[1615–25; < Late Latin anfrāctuōsus circuitous =anfractūs a bend + -ōsus -ose1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.anfractuous - full of twists and turnsanfractuous - full of twists and turns; "anfractuous cliffs"
crooked - having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; "crooked country roads"; "crooked teeth"
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anfractuous

adjective
1. Repeatedly curving in alternate directions:
2. Not taking a direct or straight line or course:
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