elutriate

[ih-loo-tree-eyt]
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verb (used with object), e·lu·tri·at·ed, e·lu·tri·at·ing.
  1. to purify by washing and straining or decanting.
  2. to separate the light and heavy particles of by washing.

Origin of elutriate

1725–35; < Latin ēlutriāt(us) (past participle of ēlutriāre) washed out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lutri- wash + -ātus -ate1
Related formse·lu·tri·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for elutriate

elutriate

verb
  1. (tr) to purify or separate (a substance or mixture) by washing and straining or decanting
Derived Formselutriation, 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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