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[fyoo-mi-geyt] /ˈfyu mɪˌgeɪt/

verb (used with object), fumigated, fumigating.
to expose to smoke or , as in disinfecting or exterminating roaches, ants, etc.
to treat (something contaminated or infected) with fumes or smoke

late 14c., “make aromatic smoke as part of a ceremony,” from Old French fumigation, from Latin fumigationem (nominative fumigatio) “a smoking,” noun of action from past participle stem of fumigare “to smoke,” from fumus “smoke, fume” (see fume) + root of agere “to drive” (see act (n.)). Sense of “exposure (of someone or something) to aromatic fumes” is c.1400, originally as a medicinal or therapeutic treatment.

1520s, back-formation from fumigation. Related: Fumigated; fumigating.

fumigate fu·mi·gate (fyōō’mĭ-gāt’)
v. fu·mi·gat·ed, fu·mi·gat·ing, fu·mi·gates
To subject to smoke or fumes, usually in order to exterminate pests or disinfect.
fu’mi·ga’tion n.


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