Geminate [v. jem-uh-neyt; adj., n. jem-uh-nit, -neyt], verb;
To make or become doubled or paired
Combined or arranged in pairs; twin; coupled
(Phonetics) a doubled consonant sound
Geminate is related to the Latin word for "twin," geminus. It entered English inthe late 1500s.
The twins are a complete organism: they speak their own language, "Aeolian" (named after Aeolus, the wind god); their abiding interest is in their private game of Bep -- "the great geminate game" of lying entwined, head to tail, in an echo of their position in the womb.
?Salman Rushdie, "The Stuff of Marvels," New York Times, October 4, 1981
Synonyms: dual, binary, coupled, duplex, duplicate, duplicated, paired, repeated, second, twice, twin, as much again, binate, dualistic, duple, two times, twofold
Antonyms: singular, single