vellicate

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Etymology[edit]

Latin vellicatus, past participle of vellicare (to twitch).

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vellicate (third-person singular simple present vellicates, present participle vellicating, simple past and past participle vellicated)

  1. to touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
    It was nothing much - just a tiny vellicating muscle in the corner of the left eye, [...] - Roald Dahl The Way Up to Heaven
  2. to irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
    Smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth
  3. To pinch.
  4. To cause to twitch.
    • Arbuthnot
      Convulsions, arising from something vellicating a nerve in its extremity, are not very dangerous.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

vellicate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of vellicare
  2. second-person plural imperative of vellicare
  3. feminine plural form of the past participle of vellicare

Latin[edit]

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vellicāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of vellicō