Their desiccated remains were found in the old lake bed.
a desiccate romance
Long before the Egyptian pharos, bodies were naturally mummified as they were desiccated by the desert heat and dry air.
A few shrivelled and blackened vestiges of what had once been stuffed animals, desiccated mummies in jars that had once held spirit, a brown dust of departed plants:
H.G. Wells -- The Time Machine
the trees were mulberries and locusts and sycamores—trees that partook also of the foul desiccation which surrounded the houses;
William Faulkner -- The Sound and the Fury
What they dredged smoking out of the ground looked like some desiccated effigy from a tomb.
Cormac McCarthy -- All the Pretty Horses
The desiccated bellows refilled, then pin-punctured the swamp air out in faint wails:
Ray Bradbury -- Something Wicked This Way Comes
That his heart was shriveled, his organs desiccated.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
He’d stumbled upon more than one desiccated corpse that had clearly been someone’s dinner.
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
The platform is littered with corpses, stacked six high in some places, the ones on the bottom wrapped carefully in sheets, the ones closer to the top hastily tossed there, a discordant jumble of arms and legs, a twisted mass of bone and desiccated skin and skeletal fingers grasping uselessly at the empty air.
Rick Yancey -- The Infinite Sea
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Crumbley had become a desiccated cast of himself, so fragile that a strong wind could blow him apart.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
Daylight streamed through the hole onto a mound of splintered floorboards and broken glass from which rose coils of silty dust, pieces of torn carpet plastered here and there like scraps of desiccated meat.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
A desiccated violet flattened in waxed paper made him first frown in perplexity and then smile, but without saying why, and he spent some time studying a typewritten list of what must have been New Year’s resolutions.
Anne Tayler -- A Spool of Blue Thread
He took a step backward, walking toward the stone steps, avoiding the desiccated remains of people and animals on the floor.
Neil Gaiman -- The Graveyard Book
She takes her food upstairs, leaving a desiccated chicken leg or a bowl of cold brisket in a chunk of brown gelatinous fat on the counter, with strict instructions that I wash my dish when I’m done.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
Junk-food wrappers and diapers lie in the desiccated weeds on the side of the road.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
Sharecropper-white, with pink elbows and chafed knees, I felt wan and desiccated amid these bodies so richly and sleekly dark, so Mediterranean, glistening like dolphins beneath their Coppertone.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
In the two seats beside me are two old ladies, old women, each with a knitted cardigan, each with yellowy-white hair and thick-lensed glasses with a chain for around the neck, each with a desiccated mouth lipsticked bright red with bravado.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
On one wall, like coats on a coatrack, hung the desiccated, skeletal remains of two people—an adult and a small child.
Rick Riordan -- The Blood of Olympus
"Let Vitya handle it," he said, poking his shoe at a desiccated furball on the floor —dead mouse?
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
Away from the lakeshore the land rises gently and then abruptly to form the desiccated, phantasmal badlands of Anza-Borrego.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
What could be torn by the small scavengers was torn; the maggots had done their work on the organs, now it was a desiccated mummy, hollowed-out, teeth in a rigid grin, eyes empty, fingers curled.
Orson Scott Card -- Ender’s Game
I wondered, the pricking feeling returning in my desiccated tear ducts.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
At least it would be something hot and wet in my desiccated mouth.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
I could have sworn that just a few seconds ago I was twenty-three, and now here I am in this wretched, desiccated body.
Sara Gruen -- Water for Elephants
Back in the ward, he found his wife lying vanquished beneath the blankets like a desiccated old vegetable, wrinkled, dry and white, her enfeebled tissues absolutely still.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
Sugar is the most desiccating of all salts; it sucks the liquids of the blood through the veins; hence the coagulation, and then the solidification of the blood; hence tubercles in the lungs, hence death.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Dosing it with Edwards’ desiccated soup.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
The woman looked as wrinkled and desiccated as any member of the mob that had greeted them along the way from the landing field that morning.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
It was as if there were an unspoken agreement on the mountain to pretend that these desiccated remains weren’t real-as if none of us dared to acknowled e what was at stake here.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
At the start of the intervening school years, he had merely skimmed off the topmost three quarters of the contents and replaced or updated them, leaving a layer of general debris at the bottom — old quills, desiccated beetle eyes, single socks that no longer fit.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Reluctantly she followed her brother among the desiccated rocks.
James Vance Marshall -- Walkabout
Sometimes these trails faded at mud bluffs overlooking the sea; other times they wandered down onto beaches where thick cedars, sapling alders, and vine maples, toppled by winter tides, lay with the tips of their desiccated branches buried in sand and gravel.
David Guterson -- Snow Falling on Cedars
The desiccated loaf remained swathed up in the scullery.
D.H. Lawrence -- Sons and Lovers
Her ambitions had shrunk gradually in the desiccating air of failure.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
There was no immediate answer, for the tea bowls were introduced at that moment, and with their appearance the High Lama rallied a faint and desiccated hospitality.
James Hilton -- Lost Horizon
I washed her soiled and desiccated body in warm water scented with sandalwood.
Lisa See -- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
But in half an hour the gaiety went; she felt like a person who is burning up with an inward flame; desiccating at the soul with thirst; withering up in the vitals.
Ford Madox Ford -- The Good Soldier
And Hightower leans there in the window, in the August heat, oblivious of the odor in which he lives—that smell of people who no longer live in life: that odor of overplump desiccation and stale linen as though a precursor of the tomb—listening to the feet which he seems to hear still long after he knows that he cannot, thinking, ’God bless him, God help him’; thinking To be young.
William Faulkner -- Light in August
He was in a state of irritation natural to a gentleman of fine parts who had been snubbed in a benevolent attempt to confer a distinction upon a young woman of inferior characteristics, and the insinuating sympathy of this somewhat desiccated matron appeared to offer him no practical relief.
Henry James -- Washington Square
Walk into any of a hundred thousand classrooms today and hear the teachers divide and subdivide and interrelate and establish "principles" and study "methods" and what you will hear is the ghost of Aristotle speaking down through the centuries…the desiccating lifeless voice of dualistic reason.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Our quest to find the smallest sand dollar became a competition between us, and as the months passed and Annie Kate grew larger with the child, the brittle, desiccated animals we unearthed from the sand became smaller and smaller.
Pat Conroy -- The Lords of Discipline
They tried to migrate in the end, but the North Reaches were far too dry and when I visited the region decades later, when Garden entered the Web, the desiccated remains of the centaurs still littered some of the distant Reaches like the husks of exotic plants from some more colorful era.
Dan Simmons -- Hyperion
This food provision was generally circumvented by putting a property sandwich in the middle of each table, an old desiccated ruin of dust-laden bread and mummified ham or cheese which only the drunkest yokel from the sticks ever regarded as anything but a noisome table decoration.
Eugene O’Neill -- The Iceman Cometh
IN THE EARLY evening, high-altitude clouds in the western sky formed a thin yellow wash which became richer over the hour, and then thickened until a filtered orange glow hung above the giant crests of parkland trees; the leaves became nutty brown, the branches glimpsed among the foliage oily black, and the desiccated grasses took on the colors of the sky.
Ian McEwan -- Atonement
Mrs. Moore continued to murmur "Red ten on a black knave," Miss Quested to assist her, and to intersperse among the intricacies of the play details about the hyena, the engagement, the Maharani of Mudkul, the Bhattacharyas, and the day generally, whose rough desiccated surface acquired as it receded a definite outline, as India itself might, could it be viewed from the moon.
E.M. Forster -- A Passage to India
I drift down a corridor thick with leaves and desiccated flowers.
Libba Bray -- Sweet Far Thing
Animal life wears a hard, dry skin or an outer skeleton to defy the desiccation.
John Steinbeck -- Travels with Charley
Scattered around her were old pieces of lumber—some cracked and desiccated, others broken into kindling.
Rick Riordan -- The Mark of Athena
It’s like jumping on a bird feather, or the dance of flatulent animals upon a desiccated brook.