This Week’s Word: Desiccate
/ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪt/ [des-i-keyt]
The verb desiccate can be used with or without an object and means to thoroughly dry up or dry out. It may be used in the context of dehydrating food in order to preserve it.
Synonyms: dehydrate, parch, drain, exsiccate
Etymology: From the Latin desiccatus, the past participle form of “to make very dry.”
Sample: Months of drought had completely desiccated the once well-manicured lawn.
Sample 2: The hot sun desiccated the cat’s corpse within a matter of days.