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See also: éructation



Learned borrowing from Latin ērūctātiōnem, accusative of ērūctātiō (a belching forth, burp), from ērūctāre (to belch, burp). Compare Middle English eructuacioun (belching, burp), borrowed from the same root.


  • IPA(key): /ɪ.ɹʌkˈteɪ.ʃən/


eructation (countable and uncountable, plural eructations)

  1. The act of belching, of expelling gas from the stomach through the mouth.
    • 1914, Arnold Bennett, The Price of Love[1]:
      His eyes were as restless as his limbs, and seemed ever to be seeking for something upon which they could definitely alight, and not finding it. He performed eructations with the disarming naturalness of a baby.
    • a. 1969, John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces, Penguin, published 1981, →ISBN, page 211:
      "Move along, you coxcomb," Ignatius belched, the gassy eructations echoing between the walls of the alley.
  2. An erumpent blast of gas, wind, or other matter ejected from the depths of the earth.

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