complicate [käm′pli kāt΄; ] for adj [., käm′plikit, käm′plikāt΄]
vt., vi.
complicated, complicating [< L complicatus, pp. of complicare, to fold together < com-, together + plicare, to fold, weave: see FLAX]
to make or become intricate, difficult, or involved
2. Biol. folded lengthwise, as some leaves or insects' wings

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