transitive verb
ex·pis·cate | \ ˈekspə̇ˌskāt , ekˈspiˌs- \

Definition of expiscate 

chiefly Scottish

: to discover by careful examination or investigation : search out has with much ingenuity endeavored to expiscate the truth —W. L. Alexander

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expiscation \ˌekspəˈskāshən, -(ˌ)spiˈs- \ noun plural -s chiefly Scottish

History and Etymology for expiscate

Latin expiscatus, past participle of expiscari, from ex- ex- entry 1 + piscari to fish, from piscis fish

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