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percolator

[pur-kuh-ley-ter] /ˈpɜr kəˌleɪ tər/
noun
1.
a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water in a repeated process is forced up a hollow stem, filters down through ground coffee in a sievelike container, and returns to the pot below.
2.
something that percolates.
Origin of percolator
1835-1845
1835-45; percolate + -or2
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percolator

/ˈpɜːkəˌleɪtə/
noun
1.
a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water is forced up through a tube and filters down through the coffee grounds into a container
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Word Origin and History for percolator
n.

1795, agent noun in Latin form from percolate. Slang meaning "house party" is recorded from 1946.

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Slang definitions & phrases for percolator

percolator

noun

A party where one sells drinks and food to friends in order to pay one's rent; rent party: You could always get together and charge a few coins and have a percolator (1946+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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