an elucidation or investigation, literally a "fishing out"

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  • Expiscation — Ex pis*ca tion, n. The act of expiscating; a fishing. [R.] Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expiscation — ex·pis·ca·tion …   English syllables

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  • expiscate — expiscation, n. expiscatory /ek spis keuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /ek speuh skayt , ek spis kayt/, v.t., expiscated, expiscating. Chiefly Scot. to find out by thorough and detailed investigation; discover through scrupulous examination. [1605 15; …   Universalium

  • expiscate —   v.t. fish or search out.    ♦ expiscation,    ♦ expiscator, n.    ♦ expiscatory, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

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