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

  • n. A substance added to paints and some medicines to promote drying; a drier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. drier, a catalyst used to promote drying.
  • adj. causing or promoting drying

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Drying; causing to dry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Drying; causing to become dry, or to dry up.
  • n. In painting, any material added to an oil-paint to hasten the drying of the oil; a dryer. Siccative is more of a book-word, dryer being the term commonly used by painters.

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

  • n. a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)


Late Latin siccātīvus, drying, from Latin siccātus, past participle of siccāre, to dry, from siccus, dry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin siccativus. (Wiktionary)



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