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vellicate

[vel-i-keyt]
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verb (used with object), vel·li·cat·ed, vel·li·cat·ing.
  1. to pluck; twitch.
  2. to nip, pinch, or the like.
  3. to cause to twitch.
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verb (used without object), vel·li·cat·ed, vel·li·cat·ing.
  1. to move with spasmodic convulsions; twitch.
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Origin of vellicate

1595–1605; < Latin vellicātus, past participle of vellicāre, frequentative of vellere to pull, twitch; see -ate1
Related formsvel·li·ca·tion, nounvel·li·ca·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vellicate

vellicate

verb
  1. rare to twitch, pluck, or pinch
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Derived Formsvellication, nounvellicative, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin vellicāre, from vellere to tear off
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