Thursday, 24 January 2013

WORD FOR THE DAY: PISTILLATION

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Your word for today is: pistillation, n.


† pistillationn.

[‘Pounding with a pestle.’]

Etymology: <  classical Latin pistillum (see pestle n.) + -ation suffix.
 Obs. rare.
  Pounding with a pestle.
1646  Sir T. Browne Pseudodoxia Epidemica ii. v. 83 They submit unto pistillation, and resist not an ordinary pestle.
1683  R. Dixon Canidia iii. xv. 115 Whether 'tis worth a Revelation,..If Diamonds yield to Pistillation?
1797  J. A. Fahrenkrüger N. Bailey's Wörterbuch (ed. 9) II. 446/1 Stampfen, n. stamping, beating, braying, pounding, pistillation.

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