One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Characterized by pulsing, beating, or throbbing; = "pulsatile".
2Played or produced by percussion; = "pulsatile". rare.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From Middle French pulsatif and its etymon post-classical Latin pulsativus exhibiting pulsation from classical Latin pulsāt-, past participial stem of pulsāre + -īvus; compare -ative.
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