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Etymology 1Edit

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).

VerbEdit

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 digging.
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excavate (plural excavates)

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

ReferencesEdit

  • excavate” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

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