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verb (used with object), vel·li·cat·ed, vel·li·cat·ing.
  1. to pluck; twitch.
  2. to nip, pinch, or the like.
  3. to cause to twitch.
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verb (used without object), vel·li·cat·ed, vel·li·cat·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsvel·li·ca·tion, nounvel·li·ca·tive, adjective
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Related Words for vellicating

hurtle, fling, bump, flop, jolt, bounce, snatch, wriggle, wiggle, wrench, lug, thrust, tug, twitch, wring, yank, shimmy, fidget, tote, tow

British Dictionary definitions for vellicating


  1. rare to twitch, pluck, or pinch
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Derived Formsvellication, nounvellicative, adjective

Word Origin for vellicate

C17: from Latin vellicāre, from vellere to tear off
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