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Jun 15, 2011
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etiolate
betide
lancinate
lignify
obtest

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lancinate

PRONUNCIATION:
(LAN-suh-nayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To pierce or tear.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin lancinare (to tear), from lacer (torn). Earliest documented use: 1603.

USAGE:
"The Honorable Rep. Spear is fixing to lancinate our state by declaring the American bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana, the official North Carolina amphibian. To me, a stab like this makes about as much sense as declaring Bunny Bread the official loaf of Paris or 'darn' the official swear word of New York City."
Phil Woodhall; An Amphibian Worth Complimenting; The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina); May 5, 2007.

See more usage examples of lancinate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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