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To Huméct.
To Huméctate.
v.a. [humecto, Latin; humecter, Fr.] To wet; to moisten.

The Nile and Niger do not only moisten and contemperate the air by their exhalations, but refresh and humectate the earth by their annual inundations. Brown's Vulgar Errours.

Her rivers are wheeled up into small cataracts, and so divided into sluices, to humectate the bordering soil, and make it wonderfully productive. Howel's Vocal Forrest.

The medicaments are of a cool humecting quality, and not too much astringent. Wiseman's Surgery.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (203) · Howell, James (14) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

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