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  1. hollowed out, as a space excavated from rock: cavate cliff dwellings.
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Origin of cavate

1725–35; < Latin cavātus made hollow (past participle), equivalent to cav(āre) to hollow + -ātus -ate1
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Historical Examples of cavate

  • These cavate lodges afford a fair idea of the best known of these prehistoric dwellings in this part of Arizona.

    Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895

    Jesse Walter Fewkes

  • 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.