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  1. a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water in a repeated process is forced up a hollow stem, filters down through ground coffee in a sievelike container, and returns to the pot below.
  2. something that percolates.
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Origin of percolator

First recorded in 1835–45; percolate + -or2
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  1. a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water is forced up through a tube and filters down through the coffee grounds into a container
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Word Origin and History for percolator


1795, agent noun in Latin form from percolate. Slang meaning "house party" is recorded from 1946.

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