elu·​tri·​ate ē-ˈlü-trē-ˌāt How to pronounce elutriate (audio)
elutriated; elutriating

transitive verb

: to purify, separate, or remove by washing
elutriation noun
elutriator noun

Word History


Latin elutriatus, past participle of elutriare to put in a vat, perhaps from *elutrum vat, from Greek elytron reservoir, literally, covering

First Known Use

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elutriate was circa 1727

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“Elutriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elutriate. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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