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From Latin expiscatus, past participle of expiscari (to fish out), from ex (out) + piscari (to fish), piscis (fish).


expiscate (third-person singular simple present expiscates, present participle expiscating, simple past and past participle expiscated)

  1. To fish out; to find out by skill or laborious investigation; to search out.
    • Nichol
      To expiscate principles.
    • W. L. Alexander
      Dr. Burton has with much ingenuity endeavoured to expiscate the truth which may be involved in them.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for expiscate in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




  1. vocative masculine singular of expiscātus