vellicate

Definitions of vellicate
1

v touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements

Synonyms:
tickle, titillate
Type of:
itch
have or perceive an itch

v irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear

“smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth”
Synonyms:
pinch
Type of:
irritate
excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus

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