fumigate

[fyoo-mi-geyt]
verb (used with object), fumigated, fumigating.
to expose to smoke or fumes, as in disinfecting or exterminating roaches, ants, etc.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin fūmigātus, past participle of fūmigāre to smoke, fumigate, equivalent to fūm(us) smoke + -igāre (v. suffix based on -ig-, noun derivative of agere to drive, do, as in remex, stem remig- oarsman, hence remigāre to row)

fumigation, noun
fumigatory [fyoo-mi-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -gey-tuh-ree] , adjective
subfumigation, noun
unfumigated, adjective
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fumigate (ˈfjuːmɪˌɡeɪt)
 
vb
to treat (something contaminated or infected) with fumes or smoke
 
[C16: from Latin fūmigāre to smoke, steam, from fūmus smoke + agere to drive, produce]
 
fumi'gation
 
n
 
'fumigator
 
n

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fumigate
1520s, back formation from fumigation. Related: Fumigated; fumigating.
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fumigate fu·mi·gate (fyōō'mĭ-gāt')
v. fu·mi·gat·ed, fu·mi·gat·ing, fu·mi·gates
To subject to smoke or fumes, usually in order to exterminate pests or disinfect.


fu'mi·ga'tion n.
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Example sentences
Now only few hands are needed and a farmer can even sit inside and press a button to irrigate or fumigate an entire field.
However, if you must fumigate on a porous surface, cover the surface with plastic tarpaulins.
They are used to fumigate burrows of certain rodents and other mammals.
Potential field sites should be scouted to determine if they will be suitable to fumigate legally.
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