[verb lev-i-geyt; adjective lev-i-git, -geyt]
- to rub, grind, or reduce to a fine powder, as in a mortar, with or without the addition of a liquid.
- Chemistry. to make a homogeneous mixture of, as gels.
- Botany. having a smooth, glossy surface; glabrous.
Origin of levigate
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Mark first the rationale of the thing: Hear logic rivel and levigate the deed.
- (tr) to grind into a fine powder or a smooth paste
- to form or cause to form a homogeneous mixture, as in the production of gels
- (tr) to suspend (fine particles) by grinding in a liquid, esp as a method of separating fine from coarse particles
- botany having a smooth polished surface; glabrous
C17: from Latin lēvigāre, from lēvis smooth
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