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[ih-loo-tree-eyt] /ɪˈlu triˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), elutriated, elutriating.
to purify by washing and straining or decanting.
to separate the light and heavy particles of by washing.
Origin of elutriate
1725-35; < Latin ēlutriāt(us) (past participle of ēlutriāre) washed out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lutri- wash + -ātus -ate1
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elutriation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for elutriate
  • Testing is performed on effluent, ambient surface water, pore water and elutriate.
  • Predicting the toxicity of bulk sediments to aquatic organisms using aqueous test fractions: pore water versus elutriate.
  • Treated and clarified elutriate may be recycled in the flushing process.
British Dictionary definitions for elutriate


(transitive) to purify or separate (a substance or mixture) by washing and straining or decanting
Derived Forms
elutriation, noun
elutriator, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ēlūtriāre to wash out, from ēluere, from ē- out + lavere to wash
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