antidesiccant

noun

an·​ti·​des·​ic·​cant ˌan-tē-ˈde-si-kənt How to pronounce antidesiccant (audio)
ˌan-tī-
: a protective coating applied to the foliage of a plant to reduce moisture loss : a substance that prevents desiccation
… spray broadleaf evergreens with an antidesiccant to ward off winter dehydration and windburn. Jessica Damiano

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The boxwoods and other evergreens that have been growing in your garden for more than three years and are well established should not need to be sprayed with an antidesiccant. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 13 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antidesiccant was in 1964

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Cite this Entry

“Antidesiccant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antidesiccant. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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