- 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.
transitive verbdesiccated, desiccating
- to dry completely
- to preserve (food) by drying
Origin of desiccate; from Classical Latin desiccatus, past participle of desiccare, to dry up completely ; from de-, intensive + 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
verbdes·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing, des·ic·cates
- To dry out thoroughly.
- To preserve (foods) by removing the moisture. See Synonyms at dry.
- To make dry, dull, or lifeless: “Stalinism desiccated the grassroots of urban government” (Timothy J. Colton).
Origin of desiccateLatin dēsiccāre, dēsiccāt- : dē-, de- + siccāre, to dry up (from siccus, dry).
(third-person singular simple present desiccates, present participle desiccating, simple past and past participle desiccated)
From Latin dēsiccō