from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To secrete or produce saliva.
- intransitive v. Informal To be full of desire or eagerness for something: salivated at the idea of winning the lottery.
- transitive v. To produce excessive salivation in.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To produce saliva.
- v. To show eager anticipation at the expectation of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To produce an abnormal flow of saliva in; to produce salivation or ptyalism in, as by the use of mercury.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To purge by the salivary glands; produce an unusual secretion and discharge of saliva in, usually by the action of mercury; produce ptyalism in.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. produce saliva
- v. be envious, desirous, eager for, or extremely happy about something
Latin salīvāre, salīvāt-, from salīva, saliva.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin salivatus, past participle of salivare ("to spit out, also salivate"), from saliva ("spittle"). (Wiktionary)