Wednesday, June 17, 2009
desiccate \ˈde-si-ˌkāt\ transitive verb: 1. to dry up, 2. to preserve (a food) by drying; dehydrate, 3. to drain of emotional or intellectual vitality
intransitive verb: to become dried up
Etymology: Latin desiccatus, past participle of desiccare to dry up, from de- + siccare to dry, from siccus dry
Those poor cochineal insects from yesterday’s post are desiccated before they’re pulverized.