transitive verb

Definition of averruncate

1 obsolete : to ward off or avert (something, such as an evil)
2 obsolete : to weed out : cut away (something, such as a weed) : uproot, remove

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Other Words from averruncate

averruncation noun, plural -s

History and Etymology for averruncate

English averruncate (partly influenced in meaning by Latin eruncare to weed out), from Latin averruncatus, past participle of averruncare to avert, from a, ab from, away + verruncare to turn; perhaps akin to Latin verrere to sweep

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“Averruncate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/averruncate. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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