[pur-kuh-ley-ter] /ˈpɜr kəˌleɪ tər/

a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water in a repeated process is forced up a hollow stem, filters down through ground coffee in a sievelike container, and returns to the pot below.
something that .
a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water is forced up through a tube and filters down through the coffee grounds into a container

1795, agent noun in Latin form from percolate. Slang meaning “house party” is recorded from 1946.


A party where one sells drinks and food to friends in order to pay one’s rent; rent party: You could always get together and charge a few coins and have a percolator (1946+ Black)


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