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Topic: SHAPES, PATTERNS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: rectangulus 'having a right angle', from Latin rectus 'right' + angulus 'angle'

rectangle

noun
     
rec‧tan‧gle [countable]
CF a shape that has four straight sides, two of which are usually longer than the other two, and four 90° angles at the corners [↪ square]
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