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1650s, "cause to produce saliva;" intransitive sense from 1680s, from Latin salivatus, past participle of salivare, from saliva (see saliva). Figurative use in reference to anticipation by 1965. Related: Salivated; salivating.
salivate sal·i·vate (sāl'ə-vāt')
v. sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing, sal·i·vates
To secrete or produce saliva.
To produce excessive salivation in.