[syn: agglutinate, agglutinative]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Agglutinative \Ag*glu"ti*na*tive\, a. [Cf. F. agglutinatif.]
1. Pertaining to agglutination; tending to unite, or having
power to cause adhesion; adhesive.
Syn: polysynthetic, holophrastic.
2. (Philol.) Formed or characterized by agglutination, as a
language or a compound.
In agglutinative languages the union of words may be
compared to mechanical compounds, in inflective
languages to chemical compounds. --R. Morris.
Cf. man-kind, heir-loom, war-like, which are
agglutinative compounds. The Finnish, Hungarian,
Turkish, the Tamul, etc., are agglutinative
languages. --R. Morris.
Agglutinative languages preserve the consciousness
of their roots. --Max
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: forming derivative or compound words by putting together
constituents each of which expresses a single definite
meaning [syn: agglutinative, polysynthetic]
2: united as if by glue [syn: agglutinate, agglutinative]