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Examples of corrade in a sentence
the desert's windblown sands had corraded much of the ancient stone's inscription
Did You Know?
In Latin rodere means "to gnaw" and radere means "to scrape." The latter word is at the base of both "abrade" and "corrade." "Corrade," which carved its niche in the English language during the mid-17th century, is used when something, such as moving water, "rubs" or "scrapes" something else away. In contrast, the word corrode, derived from "rodere," is fitting when something "eats away" at something else especially by chemical action. "Erode" shares that meaning but can also be used to describe abrasive action, much like "corrade." As an aside, the gnawing of small animals, such as mice and squirrels, influenced the formation of the noun "rodent" through "rodere."
Origin and Etymology of corrade
Latin corradere to scrape together, from com- + radere to scrape — more at rodent
First Known Use: 1646
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