- to expose to smoke or fumes, as in disinfecting or exterminating roaches, ants, etc.
Origin of fumigate
Examples from the Web for fumigation
Things that are only shown twice in the year or so, with fumigation!Hortus Inclusus
It may be necessary to resort to fumigation, but this should be done by an expert.Foods and Household Management
The method most generally adopted for their destruction is fumigation with tobacco.Talks about Flowers.
M. D. Wellcome
Spirocide is administered by means of fumigation and inhalation.
All this fumigation and manipulation is intended to act as a preventive.The Child in the Midst
Mary Schauffler Labaree
- to treat (something contaminated or infected) with fumes or smoke
Word Origin and History for fumigation
late 14c., "make aromatic smoke as part of a ceremony," from Old French fumigation, from Latin fumigationem (nominative fumigatio) "a smoking," noun of action from past participle stem of fumigare "to smoke," from fumus "smoke, fume" (see fume) + root of agere "to drive" (see act (n.)). Sense of "exposure (of someone or something) to aromatic fumes" is c.1400, originally as a medicinal or therapeutic treatment.
1520s, back-formation from fumigation. Related: Fumigated; fumigating.
- To subject to smoke or fumes, usually in order to exterminate pests or disinfect.