des·​ic·​cat·​ed | \ ˈde-si-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce desiccated (audio) \

Definition of desiccated

1 : dried up a desiccated landscape : preserved by drying a cup of desiccated coconut … all around were barrels of dried apples and apricots, shriveled and desiccated— Margaret Laurence … when visitors come to the lab he likes to show them his collection of curiosities, which includes a desiccated octopus.— Elizabeth Kolbert
2 : drained of emotional or intellectual vigor or vitality Singer's utilitarianism is so dry and desiccated that it drains the drama from philosophy.— George F. Will

First Known Use of desiccated

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Desiccated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of desiccated

technical : having had the water removed
formal : very dry

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