per·​co·​la·​tor | \ ˈpər-kə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce percolator (audio) , nonstandard -kyə- How to pronounce percolator (audio) \

Definition of percolator

: one that percolates specifically : a coffeepot in which boiling water rising through a tube is repeatedly deflected downward through a perforated basket containing ground coffee beans to extract their essence

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Some people want to know how folks in the Middle Ages brushed their teeth; others want to know how to extract starch from tubers like sweet potatoes and arrowroot or how to restore a coffee percolator, an old radio, or a pair of leather shoes. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old Timey YouTube," 25 June 2019 The mug retails for $129 on Amazon, while the mug and blender combo go for $149, and the complete set including the percolator and the vehicle adapter sells for $159. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Your Tea Will Never Go Cold Again With This Smart Travel Mug," 11 Feb. 2019 Back in 2014, Pantone teamed up with Whitbread Wilkinson to release electric coffee percolators in some of their signature colors. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "These Pantone Coffee Makers Will Give Your Kitchen The Colorful Flair You Deserve," 21 Aug. 2018 Rummage for old neon signs and vintage percolators at Remember When Antiques in Sunset? Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 5 Days from New Orleans to Houston," 19 July 2018 From Jarden's Product Family Founded in the early 1970s in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Coffee helped popularize drip coffee makers for home use, a market dominated until then by percolators. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "A Megadeal Joined Sharpie Markers and Crock-Pots. What Could Go Wrong? A Lot," 2 May 2018 The old-school brewing method involves placing coffee grounds and a filter over a coffee cup, then slowly pouring water over the grounds in a method somewhere between a french press and a percolator. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This DIY Assembly Lets You Make Coffee the Really, Really Old-Fashioned Way," 7 Mar. 2016 On most mornings, Grant would get up first to put on the trusty percolator. Ann Maloney,, "Sail-gating in the Caribbean: Go gourmet on your sailboat," 12 July 2017 A french press or stove top coffee percolator (made of glass) would be your best bet for a standard cup of joe. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Maximize the Health Benefits of Coffee," 13 Mar. 2015

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1830, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of percolator

: a covered pot that has a narrow tube in the center and that is used for making coffee


per·​co·​la·​tor | \ ˈpər-kə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce percolator (audio) \

Medical Definition of percolator

: an apparatus for the extraction of a drug with a liquid solvent by downward displacement

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