- to expose to smoke or fumes, as in disinfecting or exterminating roaches, ants, etc.
Origin of fumigate
1520–30; < Latin fūmigātus, past participle of fūmigāre to smoke, fumigate, equivalent to fūm(us) smoke + -igāre (v. suffix based on -ig-, noun derivative of agere to drive, do, as in remex, stem remig- oarsman, hence remigāre to row)
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Examples from the Web for fumigate
Fumigate—To smoke a room, or any article needing to be cleansed.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
They carry their preventive with them; they sweat and fumigate all the day long.The Innocents Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
When it is over, then he shall go, and we will fumigate the place.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete
It is used to fumigate buildings, being a valuable disinfectant.Memoranda on Poisons
Thomas Hawkes Tanner
"To fumigate after the prisence av a skunk," retorted Pat whimsically.The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp
Thornton W. Burgess
- to treat (something contaminated or infected) with fumes or smoke
C16: from Latin fūmigāre to smoke, steam, from fūmus smoke + agere to drive, produce
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Word Origin and History for fumigate
1520s, back-formation from fumigation. Related: Fumigated; fumigating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To subject to smoke or fumes, usually in order to exterminate pests or disinfect.
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