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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Definitions for desiccate

  1. to become thoroughly dried or dried up.
  2. to dry thoroughly; dry up.
  3. to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.

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Citations for desiccate
There are things that wait for us, patiently, in the dark corridors of our lives. We think we have moved on, put them out of mind, left them to desiccate and shrivel and blow away; but we are wrong. Neil Gaiman, "Introduction," Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, 2015
It works perfectly until something changes. Like, if they're roused off their wintering grounds to fly north before the milkweeds come up, they show up to an empty cafeteria. Or it's too dry and they desiccate. Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior, 2012
Origin of desiccate
Desiccate stems from the Latin word siccus meaning "dry." It entered English in the mid-1500s.