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elutriate

[ih-loo-tree-eyt] /ɪˈlu triˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), elutriated, elutriating.
1.
to purify by washing and straining or decanting.
2.
to separate the light and heavy particles of by washing.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; < Latin ēlutriāt(us) (past participle of ēlutriāre) washed out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lutri- wash + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
elutriation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for elutriation

elutriate

/ɪˈluːtrɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(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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