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Meaning of VELLICATE

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements

VELLICATE is a 9 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: pinch, tickle, titillate
 See Also: irritate, itch



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vel"li*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vellicated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Vellicating}.] [L. vellicatus, p. p. of
    vellicare to twitch, fr. vellere to pluck, pull.]
    To twitch; to cause to twitch convulsively.
          Convulsions, arising from something vellicating a nerve
          in its extremity, are not very dangerous. --Arbuthnot.
  2. \Vel"li*cate\, v. i.
    To move spasmodically; to twitch; as, a nerve vellicates.