1. to become fat ...1598 obs. rare
2. to make greasy, to saturate with oil ...1599 rare
3. of soil: to make rich or fertile ...1610 obs.
from Latin pinguefacere (to fatten), from pinguis (fat) + -facere (suffix represents -fy)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1598 - see EXAMPLE below
"...because of the humiditye vvhich is disperced throughe the vvhole massa of the bloode, soe that by this meanes, the vvoundes are better mundified, and incarnated and those partes doe increace, and pingvifye..."
From: The Frenche Chirurgerye; or, All the Manualle Operations of Chirurgerye, vvith Divers, & Sundrye Figures, and Amongst the Rest, Certayne Nuefovvnde Instrumentes, Verye Necessarye to all the Operationes of Chirurgerye
- Jacques Guillemeau
Translated out of Dutch into Englishe by A.M.