The dampness that forms in your mouth when you smell something delicious is drool. When it actually drips from your mouth, you drool.

The official term for drool is saliva. Babies drool, dogs drool — we all drool sometimes. Sometimes people drool (or salivate) because of problems with their salivary glands. You might drool when you skip breakfast and your friend offers you a warm, homemade cinnamon roll. The word comes from drivel, which today means "speak nonsense," but originally had the sense of "to slobber or run at the nose."

Definitions of drool
  1. noun
    saliva spilling from the mouth
    synonyms: dribble, drivel, slobber
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    type of:
    saliva, spit, spittle
    a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches
  2. verb
    let saliva drivel from the mouth
    “The baby drooled
    synonyms: dribble, drivel, slabber, slaver, slobber
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    type of:
    produce saliva
  3. noun
    pretentious or silly talk or writing
    synonyms: baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, humbug, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle
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    type of:
    bunk, hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality
    a message that seems to convey no meaning
  4. verb
    be envious, desirous, eager for, or extremely happy about something
    synonyms: salivate
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    type of:
    wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)
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