Salivating
Salivate Sal"i*vate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Salivated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Salivating}.] [L. salivatus, p. p. of salivare to salivate. See {Saliva}.] To produce an abnormal flow of saliva in; to produce salivation or ptyalism in, as by the use of mercury. [1913 Webster] v. i.

1. To produce saliva, esp. in excess.

2. To drool.

3. (Fig.) To anticipate keenly with pleasure, as though salivating at the expectation of a delicious meal. Used often with over.; as, salivate over the prospects of high profits from an enterprise. [1913 Webster]

Note: Probably influenced by the experiments of Pavlov, who trained dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell, by previously ringing the bell immediately prior to feeding them. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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