EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective causing or promoting absorption of moisture; drying. noun a siccative substance, especially in paint. Origin of siccative 1540–50;
Late Latin siccātīvus,
) (past participle of
to dry up; see
-īvus -ive Related forms an·ti·sic·ca·tive, adjective non·sic·ca·tive, adjective, noun un·sic·ca·tive, adjective
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In his researches, he discovered the use of linseed and nut oil, which he found most
Sulphate of zinc, as a
siccative, is less powerful than acetate of lead, but is far preferable in a chemical sense.
Hence, although the employment of lead as a
siccative is not desirable, its effects are not so deleterious as might be imagined. British Dictionary definitions for siccative noun a substance added to a liquid to promote drying: used in paints and some medicines Word Origin for siccative
C16: from Late Latin
siccātīvus, from Latin siccāre to dry up, from siccus dry
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Word Origin and History for siccative adj.
1540s, from Late Latin
siccativus "drying, siccative," from Latin siccatus, past participle of siccare "to dry, make dry; dry up," from siccus "dry, thirsty; without rain," from PIE root *seikw- "to flow out" (cf. Avestan hiku- "dry," Greek iskhnos "dry, withered," Lithuanian seklus "shallow," Middle Irish sesc "dry," Sanskrit sincati "makes dry"). The noun is first recorded 1825.
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Medicine definitions for siccative n. A substance added to some medicines to promote drying; a drier.
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