To desiccate is defined as to dry, or to preserve a food.(verb)
An example of desiccate is slice a banana and put in a food dehydrator.
See desiccate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L desiccatus, pp. of desiccare, to dry up completely < de-, intens. + siccare, to dry < siccus, dry < IE base *seikw-, to drip, pour out > OE seon, to trickle, sic, small stream
See desiccate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing, des·ic·cates verb, transitive
Origin: Latin dēsiccāre, dēsiccāt-
Origin: : dē-, de-
Origin: + siccāre, to dry up (from siccus, dry).
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