transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
Origin of elutriatefrom Classical Latin elutriatus, past participle of elutriare, to wash out, rack off from eluere from e-, out + luere, variant, variety of lavare, to lave
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”)