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desiccate (v.)

1570s (past-participle adjective desicatt is attested from early 15c.), transitive, "to dry, deprive of moisture," from Latin desiccatus, past participle of desiccare "to make very dry," from de- "thoroughly" (see de-) + siccare "to dry" (see siccative). Intransitive sense of "become dry" is from 1670s. Related: Desiccated; desiccating.