causing or promoting absorption of moisture; drying.


a siccative substance, especially in paint.

Nearby words

  1. sicanian,
  2. sicca complex,
  3. sicca syndrome,
  4. siccant,
  5. siccar,
  6. sicced,
  7. sice,
  8. sicht,
  9. sichuan,
  10. sicilia

Origin of siccative

1540–50; < Late Latin siccātīvus, equivalent to Latin siccāt(us) (past participle of siccāre to dry up; see sack3, -ate1) + -īvus -ive

Related formsan·ti·sic·ca·tive, adjectivenon·sic·ca·tive, adjective, nounun·sic·ca·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for siccative



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



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




A substance added to some medicines to promote drying; a drier.

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