elutriate

[ ih-loo-tree-eyt ]
/ ɪˈlu triˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), e·lu·tri·at·ed, e·lu·tri·at·ing.

to purify by washing and straining or decanting.
to separate the light and heavy particles of by washing.

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Origin of elutriate

1725–35; <Latin ēlutriāt(us) (past participle of ēlutriāre) washed out, equivalent to ē-e-1 + lutri- wash + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM elutriate

e·lu·tri·a·tion, noun

Words nearby elutriate

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British Dictionary definitions for elutriate

elutriate
/ (ɪˈluːtrɪˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to purify or separate (a substance or mixture) by washing and straining or decanting

Derived forms of elutriate

elutriation, nounelutriator, noun

Word Origin for elutriate

C18: from Latin ēlūtriāre to wash out, from ēluere, from ē- out + lavere to wash
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