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excorticate

[ eks-kawr-ti-keyt ]
/ 蓻ks藞k蓴r t瑟藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路cor路ti路cat路ed, ex路cor路ti路cat路ing.
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Origin of excorticate

1375鈥1425 for earlier adj. sense; 1650鈥60 for current sense; late Middle English excorticat hulled <Late Latin excortic膩tus, past participle of excortic膩re to peel. See ex-1, cortex, -ate1
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