vellicate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vellicate irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear "smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth","the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back"
    • v vellicate touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Vellicate To move spasmodically; to twitch; as, a nerve vellicates .
    • v. t Vellicate To twitch; to cause to twitch convulsively. "Convulsions, arising from something vellicating a nerve in its extremity, are not very dangerous."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vellicate To twitch; cause to twitch convulsively, as the muscles and nerves of animals.
    • vellicate To move spasmodically; twitch, as a nerve.
    • vellicate To carp or detract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Vellicate vel′i-kāt to twitch
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vellicatus, p. p. of vellicare, to twitch, fr. vellere, to pluck, pull
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vellicāre,-ātum, to pluck.

Usage

In literature:

Thus, if you vellicate the throat with a feather, nausea is produced; if you wound it with a penknife, pain is induced, but not sickness.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
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