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

Definition of elutriate

transitive verb

: to purify, separate, or remove by washing

Other Words from elutriate

elutriation \ ē-​ˌlü-​trē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce elutriate (audio) \ noun
elutriator \ ē-​ˈlü-​trē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce elutriate (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of elutriate

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elutriate

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

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“Elutriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elutriate. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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