verb (used with object), de·col·lat·ed, de·col·lat·ing.

to behead; decapitate.

Origin of decollate

1590–1600; < Latin dēcollātus (past participle of dēcollāre to behead, equivalent to dē- de- + coll(āre) (see collar) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsde·col·la·tion [dee-kuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌdi kəˈleɪ ʃən/, nounde·col·la·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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to separate (continuous stationery, etc) into individual forms
an archaic word for decapitate
Derived Formsdecollation, noundecollator, noun

Word Origin for decollate

C16: from Latin dēcollāre to behead, from de- + collum neck
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