elutriate[ē lo̵̅o̅′trē āt′, i-]
transitive verbe·lu·tri·at·ed, e·lu·tri·at·ing, e·lu·tri·ates
- To purify, separate, or remove (ore, for example) by washing, decanting, and settling.
- To wash away the lighter or finer particles of (soil, for example).
Origin of elutriateLatin elutriāre, elutriāt- (from *elutrium, vat, bath, from Greek *elutrion, diminutive of elutron, cover, sheath, tank; see elytron) or ēlūtriāre (from *ēlūtor, one who washes, from ēluere, to wash out; see elute).
(third-person singular simple present elutriates, present participle elutriating, simple past and past participle elutriated)
From Latin elutriare (“wash out”), from e- + lutriare (“wash”)