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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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.
In his researches, he discovered the use of linseed and nut oil, which he found most
siccative. 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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n. A substance added to some medicines to promote drying; a drier.
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