- To desiccate is defined as to dry, or to preserve a food.
An example of desiccate is slice a banana and put in a food dehydrator.
desiccate definition by Webster's New World
- to dry completely
- to preserve (food) by drying
Origin: ; from Classical Latin desiccatus, past participle of desiccare, to dry up completely ; from de-, intensive plush siccare, to dry ; from siccus, dry ; from Indo-European base an unverified form seikw-, to drip, pour out from source Old English seon, to trickle, sic, small stream
desiccate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing, des·ic·cates verb, transitive
- To dry out thoroughly.
- To preserve (foods) by removing the moisture. See Synonyms at dry.
- To make dry, dull, or lifeless.
Origin: Latin dēsiccāre, dēsiccāt- : dē-, de- + siccāre, to dry up (from siccus, dry).
- desˌic·caˈtion noun
- desˈic·caˌtive adjective
- desˈic·caˌtor noun
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