Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb vellicate

2 senses of vellicate

Sense 1
tickle, titillate, 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!")

Sense 2
pinch, 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")

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