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vellicate

Verb

1 touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements [syn: tickle, titillate]
2 irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear; "smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth"; "the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back" [syn: pinch]

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Verb

  1. to touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
    It was nothing much - just a tiny vellicating muscle in the corner of the left eye, [...]
  2. to irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
    ''Smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth
  3. to pinch
  4. make to twitch

Translations

touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements

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