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- n. A fictional large talking tree.
- v. To empty or pour.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A suffix of adjectives, and of nouns originally adjectives (primarily, in the original Latin, a present participle suffix), cognate with the original form of the English present participle suffix -ing, as in ardent, burning, cadent, falling, crescent, growing, orient, rising, etc.: equivalent to -ant.
- Abbreviations of entomology.
Coined by J. R. R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings, 1954–55, from Old English ent ("giant"), from Proto-Germanic *antiz. (Wiktionary)
Possibly from empty, through assimilation of the "m" to the following "t" (Wiktionary)