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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin somnolentus, from somnus 'sleep'

somnolent

adjective
     
som‧no‧lent literary
1 almost starting to sleep:
He lay quiet, somnolent after the day's exertions.
2 making you want to sleep:
a somnolent summer's afternoon
somnolence noun [uncountable]

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