excavate

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Known since 1599, from Latin excavātus(hollowed out), perfect passive participle of excavō(hollow out), from ex(out) + cavō(make a hole), from cavus(cave, hole).

Verb[edit]

excavate ‎(third-person singular simple present excavates, present participle excavating, simple past and past participle excavated)

  1. (transitive) To make a hole in (something); to hollow.
  2. (transitive) To remove part of (something) by scooping or digging it out.
  3. (transitive) To uncover (something) by removing its covering.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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Noun[edit]

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excavate ‎(plural excavates)

  1. (zoology) Any member of a major grouping of unicellular eukaryotes, of the clade Excavata.

References[edit]

  • excavate” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

excavāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of excavō