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Definition to remove moisture from something

More rarely, desiccate can mean to "remove the vitality" from something.
  • Their desiccated remains were found in the old lake bed.
desiccated = dried out
  • a desiccate romance
  • Long before the Egyptian pharos, bodies were naturally mummified as they were desiccated by the desert heat and dry air.
  • 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
  • desiccation = lack of vitality (removal of moisture/life)
  • The desiccated bellows refilled, then pin-punctured the swamp air out in faint wails:
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • desiccated = dried out
  • What they dredged smoking out of the ground looked like some desiccated effigy from a tomb.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • desiccated = dried out
  • 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
  • desiccated = dried out
  • "Let Vitya handle it," he said, poking his shoe at a desiccated furball on the floor —dead mouse?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Reluctantly she followed her brother among the desiccated rocks.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • 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
  • I washed her soiled and desiccated body in warm water scented with sandalwood.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • That his heart was shriveled, his organs desiccated.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • She looked like she'd been stuck in a cool, dark mausoleum for decades, slowly withering into a desiccated husk.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Crumbley had become a desiccated cast of himself, so fragile that a strong wind could blow him apart.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • At least it would be something hot and wet in my desiccated mouth.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The desiccated loaf remained swathed up in the scullery.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • 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
  • He'd stumbled upon more than one desiccated corpse that had clearly been someone's dinner.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • 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

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