Excavate Definition

excavated, excavates, excavating
excavated, excavates, excavating
To make an excavation.
Webster's New World
To make a hole or cavity in, as by digging; hollow out.
Webster's New World
To form by hollowing out; dig.
To excavate a tunnel.
Webster's New World
To remove by digging or scooping out.
American Heritage
To uncover or expose by digging; unearth.
To excavate ancient ruins.
Webster's New World

(zoology) A major grouping of unicellular eukaryotes, of the clade Excavata.


Origin of Excavate

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin excavāre excavāt- to hollow out ex- ex- cavāre to hollow (from cavus hollow keuə- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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