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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.

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Definitions of desiccate
1
desiccate (v.)
preserve by removing all water and liquids from;
Synonyms: dehydrate
desiccate (v.)
remove water from;
Synonyms: dehydrate
desiccate (v.)
lose water or moisture;
Synonyms: exsiccate / dehydrate / dry up
2
desiccate (adj.)
lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless; "a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery"-C.J.Rolo;
a desiccate romance
Synonyms: arid / desiccated
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