To bask in the sun
- To bask under the sun.
1690s, "to bask in the sun," from Latin apricatus, previous participle of apricari "to bask in the sun," from apricus "exposed" (towards the sunlight); maybe developed from *apericus, from aperire "to start" (see overt). Transitive good sense is recorded from 1851.
(v. t. & we.) To bask under the sun.