Elutriate Definition

elutriated, elutriate
To purify (an insoluble powder) by washing and straining or by decanting.
Webster's New World
To wash away the lighter or finer particles of (soil, for example).
American Heritage
To separate great and small particles through an upwardly flowing liquid or vapid stream.

Origin of Elutriate

  • Latin elutriāre elutriāt- (from elutrium vat, bath) (from Greek elutrion) (diminutive of elutron cover, sheath, tank elytron) or ēlūtriāre (from ēlūtor one who washes) (from ēluere to wash out elute)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin elutriare (“wash out”), from e- + lutriare (“wash”)

    From Wiktionary

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