[ UK /dˈɛsɪkˌe‍ɪtɪd/ ]
[ US /ˈdɛsəkeɪtəd/ ]
  1. lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
    a desiccate romance
    a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata
    a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery
  2. preserved by removing natural moisture
    shredded and desiccated coconut meat
    dried fruit
    dried beef
    dehydrated eggs
  3. thoroughly dried out
    old boxes of desiccated Cuban cigars
    dried-out boards beginning to split
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How To Use desiccated In A Sentence

  • The most common cryptobiotic strategy (and the one employed by Eureka’s insect plague) is to become desiccated, with a creature losing nearly all its water in a process known as anhydrobiosis. Eureka: Putting the Crypt in Cryptobiosis
  • Insatiable reader that I was, I’d soon have desiccated from the need to imbibe stories if we had not discovered the local library. Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » A love song to libraries
  • There are 2.5 billion mummified, skinned, pressed, pinned, stained, frozen, pickled, skeletal-bleached, and desiccated dead specimens of species worldwide.
  • We got up at six to get the bird into the oven, so it can be totally desiccated, friable, granular, sabulous, arenaceous, the way turkey always is. A vlog about Thanksgiving squirrel, Mancow, guns, law school, commenters, and Madison versus New York.
  • Normally, we portray our politicians as desiccated calculating machines, charlatans or megalomaniacs.
  • Yet here they too were mummified by natural means, as corrosive body fluids drained away into the same hot dry sand which desiccated and preserved their skin, hair and nails.
  • Each individual replicate was desiccated separately in its own sterile jar containing a single plastic float above the saturated salt solution.
  • If, instead of injecting material from an infected rabbit to an uninfected rabbit directly, they desiccated the material first and waited a period of days, the virulence of the disease declined rapidly.
  • As my brain floods with memories of that evening, unreachable now, I squeeze the desiccated cork tightly in my fist, and begin to cry. LOVE YOU MADLY
  • The ham was desiccated, the scrambled eggs congealed, and the fruit juice fermented.
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