[ kawr-uh-skeyt, kor- ]
/ ˈkɔr əˌskeɪt, ˈkɒr- /

verb (used without object), cor·us·cat·ed, cor·us·cat·ing.

to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for coruscate


/ (ˈkɒrəˌskeɪt) /


(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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