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[gur-ji-tey-shuh n]
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  1. a surging rise and fall; ebullient motion, as of water.

Origin of gurgitation

1535–45; < Latin gurgitāt(us) (past participle of gurgitāre to engulf, derivative of gurgit-, stem of gurges whirlpool; see -ate1) + -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for gurgitation


  1. surging or swirling motion, esp of water

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin gurgitātus engulfed, from gurgitāre to engulf, from Latin gurges whirlpool
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Word Origin and History for gurgitation


late 14c., from Late Latin gurgulationem (nominative gurgulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of gurgitare "to engulf," from gurges (see gurges).

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