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Postby gailr » Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:34 pm

NOUN: 1. The forcible tearing away of a body part by trauma or surgery. 2. The sudden movement of soil from one property to another as a result of a flood or a shift in the course of a boundary stream.

ETYMOLOGY: Latin āvellere, āvuls-, to tear off : ā-, ab-, away; see ab–1 + vellere, to pull.

compare to

NOUN: 1. An intense, paroxysmal, involuntary muscular contraction. 2. An uncontrolled fit, as of laughter; a paroxysm. 3. Violent turmoil: “The market convulsions of the last few weeks have shaken the world” (Felix Rohatyn).

ETYMOLOGY: Latin convellere, convuls-, to pull violently : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + vellere, to pull.

compare to

NOUN: 1. A sudden strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust or loathing. 2. A withdrawing or turning away from something. 3. Medicine Counterirritation used to reduce inflammation or increase the blood supply to the affected area.

ETYMOLOGY: Latin revulsiō, revulsiōn-, from revulsus, past participle of revellere, to tear back : re-, re- + vellere, to tear.

puts a new spin on the phrase 'pulling one's leg'

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Postby Perry » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:04 pm

I would certainly feel revulsed if someone tried to avulse any of my body parts.
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