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.
<-- v.i. 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.
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. -->
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