expect orate


verb (used without object), expectorated, expectorating.
to eject or expel matter, as phlegm, from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting; spit.
verb (used with object), expectorated, expectorating.
to eject or expel (matter) in this way.

1595–1605; < Latin expectorātus (past participle of expectorāre to expel from the breast), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pector- (stem of pectus) breast + -ātus -ate1

expectorator, noun
unexpectorated, adjective
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expectorate (ɪkˈspɛktəˌreɪt)
to cough up and spit out (sputum from the respiratory passages)
[C17: from Latin expectorāre, literally: to drive from the breast, expel, from pectus breast]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, "to clear out the chest or lungs," from L. expectoratus, pp. of expectorare "scorn, expel from the mind," lit. "make a clean breast," from ex- "out" + pectus (gen. pectoris) "breast." Use as a euphemism for "spit" is first recorded 1827. Original sense in expectorant. Related: Expectorated; expectorating;
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expectorate ex·pec·to·rate (ĭk-spěk'tə-rāt')
v. ex·pec·to·rat·ed, ex·pec·to·rat·ing, ex·pec·to·rates

  1. To eject saliva, mucus, or other body fluid from the mouth; spit.

  2. To clear out the chest and lungs by coughing up and spitting out matter.

ex·pec'to·ra'tion n.
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