verb, transitive + intransitive

Definition of air-cure

: to dry or preserve a product by exposure to air It usually takes about two months to air-cure tobacco, and less time if artificial heat is used.— Wilfred W. Robbins, The Botany of Crop Plants, 1917 air-cured meats … it also makes sausage the old fashioned way, allowing it to air-cure in unrefrigerated rooms.— Dana Bowen, Saveur, October 2007

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Other Words from air-cure

air-curing noun
In the case of air curing, the process has changed little over the past fifty years. — Alan Rodgman and Thomas A. Perfetti, The Chemical Components of Tobacco and Tobacco Smoke, 2009

First Known Use of air-cure

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Air-cure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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