clav·​el·​lat·​ed | \ ˈklavəˌlātə̇d \

Definition of clavellated

old chemistry
: made of the dried and burned lees or dregs of wine or vegetable matter clavellated ashes

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History and Etymology for clavellated

Medieval Latin clavellatus (from clavellus nail—from Late Latin, small sore resembling the head of a nail, diminutive of Latin clavus nail—+ Latin -atus -ate) + English -ed—probably from the nail-studded appearance of the surface of clavellated ashes

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“Clavellated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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