GRE Vocabulary–Desiccate

Children visiting Space Center Houston can leave buy desiccated strawberries as a souvenir; the dried fruit is just like what real astronauts eat!

Children visiting Space Center Houston can buy desiccated strawberries as a souvenir; the dried fruit is just like what real astronauts eat!

This Week’s Word: Desiccate
/ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪt/     [des-i-keyt]
v.

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.

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