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The action of belching; a belch.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. From post-classical Latin ructation-, ructatio act of belching from classical Latin rūctāt-, past participial stem of rūctāre + -iō. Compare earlier ructuation and ruct.
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