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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Boring; perforating; -- applied to molluskas which form holes in rocks, wood, etc.
  • adjective (Med.) Boring; piercing; -- applied to certain kinds of pain, especially to those of locomotor ataxia.

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  • verb Present participle of terebrate.

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Examples

  • I have referred chiefly to the medical journals, but I would include with these the reports of medical associations, and those separate publications which, coming in the form of pamphlets, heap themselves into chaotic piles and bundles which are worse than useless, taking up a great deal of room, and frightening everything away but mice and mousing antiquarians, or possibly at long intervals some terebrating specialist.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • I have referred chiefly to the medical journals, but I would include with these the reports of medical associations, and those separate publications which, coming in the form of pamphlets, heap themselves into chaotic piles and bundles which are worse than useless, taking up a great deal of room, and frightening everything away but mice and mousing antiquarians, or possibly at long intervals some terebrating specialist.

    Medical Essays, 1842-1882

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