(Latin: to pull, pulling; to tear, tearing, tearing away; to twitch, twitching)
2. A reference to the diversion of disease or congestion from one part of the body to another part by cupping, counterirritants, etc.
It is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. The illness is most likely to affect young children, but sometimes appears in teenagers and adults, even those who have been previously immunized.
Immunization with DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) vaccine provides protection, although that immunity may wear off with age.
When teenagers and adults get pertussis, it appears first as coughing spasms, and then a stubborn dry cough lasting up to eight weeks.
Motto of the Kingdom of Austria.
2. To touch a part of the body lightly in order to excite the surface nerves and to cause uneasiness, laughter, or involuntary muscular jerks and contractions: Fred liked to vellicate his baby brother on the soles of his feet because it made tiny Tim giggle a lot!
3. Etymology: from Latin vellicatus, past participle of vellicare and vellere, "to pluck, to pull, to twitch", which is of uncertain origin.
2. A kind of forceps having a small, sharp-pointed hook at the end of each blade.
3. Etymology: from Latin vosella, vulsella, "tweezers, pincers"; diminutive (used to convey a slight degree of the root meaning, smallness) of volsa, "a tool for tearing", which stands in gradational relationship (process or change taking place through a series of stages, by degrees, or in a gradual manner) to vellere, "to tear".
2. Any of various large diurnal (day) birds of prey having naked heads and weak claws and feeding chiefly on carrion.
3. A large bird of prey with usually dark feathers and broad wings that feeds on carrion; native to: Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
4. A person of a rapacious, predatory, or profiteering nature.
5. A person who attacks in search of booty, and who waits for the chance to exploit someone else when that other person is vulnerable.
6. Etymology: from Anglo-French vultur and Old French voultour, from Latin vultur and earlier voltur, perhaps related to vellere, "to pluck, to tear".
The extinction of Indian vultures.
2. Characteristic of, like that of, a vulture; rapacious, predatory.
Rapacious refers to the action of taking by force; plundering; greedy; ravenous; subsisting on live prey.