- to produce saliva.
- to produce an excessive secretion of saliva in, as by mercurial poisoning.
Origin of salivate
Examples from the Web for salivate
My Life and Living History hit the perfect intersection of news and gossip, and people who salivate for both bought those books.Hillary’s Book Sales Are Weak by Clinton Standards
June 18, 2014
The calomel was nearly sure to salivate the patient and cost him some of his teeth.Chapters from My Autobiography
Now let's get at the guys on the other side and salivate them!Square Deal Sanderson
Charles Alden Seltzer
It has been known thus to salivate cattle, but the danger of injury to them from this source is slight.Clovers and How to Grow Them
Put a grain of calomel in the Delaware Bay, and salivate a man with a drop of the water!
- (intr) to secrete saliva, esp an excessive amount
- (tr) to cause (a laboratory animal, etc) to produce saliva, as by the administration of mercury
Word Origin and History for salivate
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.
- To secrete or produce saliva.
- To produce excessive salivation in.