transitive verb

: to join together (as metals) : solder
plural -s

Word History


Latin ferruminatus, feruminatus, past participle of ferruminare, feruminare, from ferrumin-, ferrumen, ferumin-, ferumen solder, glue; perhaps akin to Latin firmus firm

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ferruminate was circa 1623

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“Ferruminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferruminate. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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