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Sunday, June 03, 2012

levigate

\LEV-i-geyt\ , verb;
1.
To rub, grind, or reduce to a fine powder.
2.
Chemistry. To make a homogeneous mixture of, as gels.
adjective:
1.
Botany. Having a smooth, glossy surface; glabrous.
Quotes:
It is sufficient to levigate them with water to obtain them very white.
-- M. Richter, Philosophical Magazine, Volume 23
This clay, carefully levigated, and covered with an excellent glaze, yielded a red ware…
-- Samuel Smiles, Josiah Wedgwood
Origin:
Levigate is derived from the Latin word lēvigātus meaning "to smooth."
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