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coruscate

[kawr-uh-skeyt, kor-]
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verb (used without object), cor·us·cat·ed, cor·us·cat·ing.
  1. to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.
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Origin of coruscate

1695–1705; < Latin coruscātus past participle of coruscāre to quiver, flash; see coruscant, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for coruscating

coruscate

verb
  1. (intr) to emit flashes of light; sparkle
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Derived Formscoruscating, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin coruscāre to flash, vibrate
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Word Origin and History for coruscating

coruscate

v.

1705, from Latin coruscatus, past participle of coruscare "to vibrate, glitter," perhaps from PIE *(s)ker- (2) "leap, jump about" (cf. scherzo). Related: Coruscated; coruscating.

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