Definition of nictate in English:

nictate

(also nictitate)

verb

[no object]rare
  • Blink.

    ‘the lid of her left eye began to nictate’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin nictat- ‘blinked’, from the verb nictare ‘to blink’. The variant nictitate is from the medieval Latin frequentative of nictare.

Pronunciation

nictate

/nɪkˈteɪt/