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From Late Latin aberuncare, from Latin averruncare.


  • IPA(key): /ˌæbəɹʌŋˈkeɪt/
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aberuncate (third-person singular simple present aberuncates, present participle aberuncating, simple past and past participle aberuncated)

  1. (rare, transitive) To eradicate; to pull up by the roots. [from 18th c.]
    • 1782, James Thomson Callender, Deformities of Dr Samuel Johnson: Selected from his works:
      His nefarious repercussion of obloquy must contaminate, and obumbrate, and who can tell but it may even aberuncate his feculent and excrementitious celebrity.
    • 1808, John MacDonald, A treatise on talegraphic communication, navel, military, and political:
      The deprivation of abbacy reduced the auld abbey-lubber to an aberrant state, devoid of adjument; and sad reverse! from the soft indulgence of accubation, his feet were daily abraded, in arenulous situations, in aberuncating roots for his sustenance, on sectivous mountains.
    • 1983, Alasdair Gray, “Logopandocy”, in Every Short Story 1951-2012, Canongate, published 2012, page 136:
      those embryonical conceits which quaversally disposed intellects too often neglect, abort and aberuncate for clamouring projects more fully formed [] .