verb (used with or without object), pec·u·lat·ed, pec·u·lat·ing.
- pectus carinatum,
- pectus excavatum,
- pectus recurvatum,
- peculiar institution,
- peculiar people,
Origin of peculate
Examples from the Web for peculate
No man ever paid a bribe for the handling of the public money, but to peculate from it.
Word Origin for peculate
1749, from Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari "to embezzle," from peculum "private property," originally "cattle" (see peculiar). Related: Peculated; peculating; peculator.