Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K.: Word of the Day: Eructation

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Word of the Day: Eructation

Word of the Day for Thursday July 22, 2004

eructation \ih-ruhk-TAY-shuhn\, noun:
The act of belching; a belch.

Ignatius belched, the gassy eructations echoing between the walls of the alley. --John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

The explosion, at this distance, sounds like a faint, feeble eructation. --Peter Conrad, "Bangs to whimpers," The Observer, March 7, 2004

Eructation comes from Latin eructatio, from eructare, from e-, "out" + ructare, "to belch."