[kawr-uh-skeyt, kor-]
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Origin of coruscate

1695–1705; < Latin coruscātus past participle of coruscāre to quiver, flash; see coruscant, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for coruscate

glisten, beam, glint, flash, sparkle, blaze, radiate, glitter

British Dictionary definitions for coruscate


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

Word Origin for coruscate

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

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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