Word of the DayFriday, July 23, 2010
\FUHL-gyuh-reyt\ , verb;
To flash or dart like lightning.
Medicine. To destroy (esp. an abnormal growth) by electricity.
Their eyes fulgurate strangely. They have the look of executioners, or the look of eunuchs.
-- Gustave Flaubert, The Temptation of Saint Anthony
She flashed a glance at him, prepared to fulgurate, but his clean-shaven, dreamy face wore an expression of mere weariness with which she could not quarrel.
-- Marmaduke William Pickthall, Enid: a novel
The Latin fulgurāre, "to flash or lighten," is the ancestor of fulgurate.
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