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truncate (verb, adjective):

verb
1 : to shorten by or as if by cutting off
2 : to replace (an edge or corner of a crystal) by a plane

adjective
: having the end square or even

Source : Merriam -Webster

Etymology : Truncate descends from the Latin verb truncare, meaning “to shorten,” which in turn can be traced back to the Latin word for the trunk of a tree, which is truncus. Incidentally, if you’ve guessed that truncus is also the ancestor of the English word trunk, you are correct. Truncus also gave us truncheon, which is the name for a police officer’s billy club, and the obscure word obtruncate, meaning “to cut the head or top from.”

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