Wednesday, July 29, 2009


levigate \ˈle-və-ˌgāt\ transitive verb: 1. polish, smooth, 2 a. to grind to a fine smooth powder while in moist condition, b. to separate (fine powder) from coarser material by suspending in a liquid

Etymology: Latin levigatus, past participle of levigare to make smooth, from levis smooth (akin to Greek leios smooth and perhaps to Latin linere to smear) + -igare (akin to agere to drive)

Imagine the Pixies’ song “Levitate Me” as “Levigate Me.”

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