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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

Etymologies

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)

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