percolator

noun per·co·la·tor \ ˈpər-kə-ˌlā-tər , nonstandard -kyə- \

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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First Known Use of percolator

1830


PERCOLATOR Defined for English Language Learners

percolator

noun

Definition of percolator for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

percolator

noun per·co·la·tor \ ˈpər-kə-ˌlāt-ər \

medical Definition of percolator

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


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