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.

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