Etymology
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ament (n.)

"person born an idiot," 1894, from Latin amentia "madness," from amentem "mad," from a for ab "away from" (see a- (2)) + mentem "mind," from PIE root *men- (1) "to think."

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Definitions of ament

ament (n.)
a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence;
Synonyms: catkin
From wordnet.princeton.edu