Definitions for excavateˈɛks kəˌveɪt
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recover through digging
"Schliemann excavated Troy"; "excavate gold"
excavate, dig up, turn up(verb)
find by digging in the ground
"I dug up an old box in the garden"
form by hollowing
"Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team"; "excavate a cavity"
excavate, dig, hollow(verb)
remove the inner part or the core of
"the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"
To make a hole in (something); to hollow.
To remove part of (something) by scooping or digging it out.
To uncover (something) by removing its covering.
Origin: Known since 1599, from excavatus, perfect passive participle of excavo, from ex + cavo, from cavus.
to hollow out; to form cavity or hole in; to make hollow by cutting, scooping, or digging; as, to excavate a ball; to excavate the earth
to form by hollowing; to shape, as a cavity, or anything that is hollow; as, to excavate a canoe, a cellar, a channel
to dig out and remove, as earth
Origin: [L. excavatus, p. p. of excavare to excavate; ex out + cavare to make hollow, cavus hollow. See Cave.]
The excavates are a major subgroup of unicellular eukaryotes, often known as Excavata. The phylogenetic category Excavata, proposed by Cavalier-Smith in 2002, contains a variety of free-living and symbiotic forms, and also includes some important parasites of humans.
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