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rare to twitch, pluck, or pinch
[C17: from Latin vellicāre, from vellere to tear off]
Past participle: vellicated
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|Verb||1.||vellicate - touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements|
itch - have or perceive an itch; "I'm itching--the air is so dry!"
|2.||vellicate - 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"|
irritate - excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus; "irritate the glands of a leaf"