The word averruncate (from Latin averruncare, "to ward off, remove mischief") glided into meaning to weed the ground, prune vines, etc., by a supposed derivation from the Lat. ab, "off", and eruncare, "to weed out", and it was spelt aberuncate to suit this; but the New English Dictionary regards such a derivation as impossible.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Averruncator". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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