[ vel-i-keyt ]
/ ˈvɛl ɪˌkeɪt /

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.

Origin of vellicate

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

Related forms

vel·li·ca·tion, nounvel·li·ca·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for vellicate


/ (ˈvɛlɪˌkeɪt) /


rare to twitch, pluck, or pinch

Derived Forms

vellication, nounvellicative, adjective

Word Origin for vellicate

C17: from Latin vellicāre, from vellere to tear off
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