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desiccate  (ˈdɛsɪˌkeɪt

Definitions

verb

  1. (transitive) to remove most of the water from (a substance or material); dehydrate
  2. (transitive) to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dry
  3. (intransitive) to become dried up

Derived Forms

ˌdesicˈcation  noun
ˈdesiccative  adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin dēsiccāre to dry up, from de- + siccāre to dry, from siccus dry

Example Sentences Including 'desiccate'

And withdrawing troops from Berlin would give them just that chance -- to reunite, to dominate and desiccate Europe all over again.
Dobbs, Michael Wall Games

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