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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

crepitate

\KREP-i-teyt\ , verb;
1.
To make a crackling sound; crackle.
Quotes:
The lampwicks crepitate; their flames are about to go out, long mosquitoes flit in rapid circlings about them.
-- Gustave Flaubert, The Temptation of Saint Anthony
This horrible talk, however, evidently possessed a potent magic for my friend; and his imagination, checked for a while by the influence of his kinsman, began to ferment and crepitate.
-- Henry James, Stories Revived
Origin:
Crepitate is from the Latin crepitare which meant “to rustle or chatter.”
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