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vellicate

[ vel-i-keyt ]
/ ˈvɛl ɪˌkeɪt /
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verb (used with object), vel·li·cat·ed, vel·li·cat·ing.

to pluck; twitch.
to nip, pinch, or the like.
to cause to twitch.

verb (used without object), vel·li·cat·ed, vel·li·cat·ing.

to move with spasmodic convulsions; twitch.

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Origin of vellicate

1595–1605; <Latin vellicātus, past participle of vellicāre, frequentative of vellere to pull, twitch; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM vellicate

vel·li·ca·tion, nounvel·li·ca·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vellicate

vellicate
/ (ˈvɛlɪˌkeɪt) /

verb

rare to twitch, pluck, or pinch

Derived forms of vellicate

vellication, nounvellicative, adjective

Word Origin for vellicate

C17: from Latin vellicāre, from vellere to tear off
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