, -·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
Now Rare to twitch, pluck, etc.
Origin of vellicateClassical Latin vellicatus, past participle of vellicare, to twitch, pinch ; from vellere, to pluck ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to tear, pluck out from source Old English wæl, battlefield
(third-person singular simple present vellicates, present participle vellicating, simple past and past participle vellicated)
- to touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
- It was nothing much - just a tiny vellicating muscle in the corner of the left eye, [...]
- to irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
- Smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth
- To pinch.
- To cause to twitch.
Latin vellicatus, past participle of vellicare (“to twitch").