from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To dry up or cause to dry up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to dry, to desiccate, to dehydrate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To exhaust or evaporate moisture from; to dry up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dry; remove moisture from by evaporation or absorption.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lose water or moisture


Middle English exsiccaten, from Latin exsiccāre, exsiccāt- : ex-, ex- + siccāre, to dry (from siccus, dry).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • In addition, exsiccate is an adjective meaning dried, dried up (OED).

    March 12, 2012