- to pluck; twitch.
- to nip, pinch, or the like.
- to cause to twitch.
- 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
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- rare to twitch, pluck, or pinch
C17: from Latin vellicāre, from vellere to tear off