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vellicate

[vel-i-keyt] /ˈvɛl ɪˌkeɪt/
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
1595-1605; < Latin vellicātus, past participle of vellicāre, frequentative of vellere to pull, twitch; see -ate1
Related forms
vellication, noun
vellicative, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vellicate

vellicate

/ˈvɛlɪˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
(rare) to twitch, pluck, or pinch
Derived Forms
vellication, noun
vellicative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vellicāre, from vellere to tear off
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