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/