"act of yawning," 1540s, from Late Latin oscitationem (nominative oscitatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of oscitare "to gape, yawn" (see oscitant).
1877 as an adjective, "of pr pertaining to the Ossetes, a people of the Caucasus Mountains, or to their Iranian (Indo-European) language. From 1814 as a noun.
"exile by ostracism, banish by popular vote," also in a figurative sense, "to exclude from society or favor," 1640s, from Latinized form of Greek ostrakizein "to banish," literally "to banish by voting with potshards" (see ostracism). Related: Ostracization; ostracized; ostracizing.
c. 1600 (Ostrogothes, plural, is attested from late 14c.), one of the "East Goths," the more easterly of the two great divisions of the Gothic tribe, who conquered Italy late 5c. and established, under Theodric, a kingdom there that lasted from 493 to 555 C.E., from Medieval Latin Ostrogothæ, from Germanic, perhaps literally "eastern Goths" from Proto-Germanic *austra- "east" (from PIE root *aus- (1) "to shine," on the notion of "toward sunrise"), but according to Klein's sources the first element might be literal: "shining" or "splendid." For second element, see Goth, and compare Visigoth. Related: Ostrogothic.
"to yawn, gape with sleepiness," 1620s, from Latin oscitatus, past-participle of oscitare, oscitari "to gape, yawn" (see oscitant).