- hollowed out, as a space excavated from rock: cavate cliff dwellings.
Origin of cavate
1725–35; < Latin cavātus made hollow (past participle), equivalent to cav(āre) to hollow + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for cavate
These cavate lodges afford a fair idea of the best known of these prehistoric dwellings in this part of Arizona.
These cavate rooms were arranged tier above tier in a very irregular way.
There are several square ruins on top of the mesa above the cavate dwellings.
The position of the cavate dwellings is a disadvantageous one to reach any cultivated fields if defenders were necessary.
All available evidence would indicate that the cavate dwellings were permanent habitations.