salivate


salivate

verb (used without object), sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing.

  1. to produce saliva.

verb (used with object), sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing.

  1. to produce an excessive secretion of saliva in, as by mercurial poisoning.

verb

  1. (intr) to secrete saliva, esp an excessive amount
  2. (tr) to cause (a laboratory animal, etc) to produce saliva, as by the administration of mercury

v.1650s, “cause to produce saliva;” intransitive sense from 1680s, from Latin salivatus, past participle of salivare, from saliva (see saliva). Figurative use in reference to anticipation by 1965. Related: Salivated; salivating. v.

  1. To secrete or produce saliva.
  2. To produce excessive salivation in.

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