vellicate

vellicate

[vel-i-keyt]
verb (used with object), vellicated, vellicating.
1.
to pluck; twitch.
2.
to nip, pinch, or the like.
3.
to cause to twitch.
verb (used without object), vellicated, vellicating.
4.
to move with spasmodic convulsions; twitch.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin vellicātus, past participle of vellicāre, frequentative of vellere to pull, twitch; see -ate1

vellication, noun
vellicative, adjective
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vellicate (ˈvɛlɪˌkeɪt)
 
vb
rare to twitch, pluck, or pinch
 
[C17: from Latin vellicāre, from vellere to tear off]
 
velli'cation
 
n
 
'vellicative
 
adj

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