adjective ex·a·rate \ˈeksəˌrāt\

Definition of exarate

  1. 1 :  grooved or furrowed

  2. 2 of a pupa :  having the appendages not cemented to the body — compare obtect

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Origin and Etymology of exarate

Latin exaratus, past participle of Latin exarare to plow up, write on a tablet, from ex- 1ex- + arare to plow — more at ear

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a trip made at another's expense

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