1520-30; < Latinfūmigātus, 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)
[fyoo-mi-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -gey-tuh-ree] /ˈfyu mɪ gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˌgeɪ tə ri/ (Show IPA), adjective
late 14c., "make aromatic smoke as part of a ceremony," from O.Fr. fumigation, from L. fumigationem (nom. fumigatio), from fumigare "to smoke," from fumus "smoke, fume" + root of agere "to drive" (see act). Sense of "expose (someone or something) to aromatic fumes" is c.1400, originally as a medicinal or therapeutic treatment.
1520s, back formation from fumigation. Related: Fumigated; fumigating.