desiccate

The verb desiccate means to dry out, dry up and dehydrate. It's helpful to desiccate weeds but certainly not crops.

As anyone who's been stuck in the desert will tell you, being desiccated by the burning sun isn't much fun. Stemming from the Latin word desiccare, which means to "dry up," desiccate also means to preserve something by drying it out. Without desiccation, raisins or beef jerky would not be possible!

Definitions of desiccate
1

adj lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

“a desiccate romance”
Synonyms:
arid, desiccated
dull
lacking in liveliness or animation

v remove water from

Synonyms:
dehydrate
Type of:
dry, dry out
remove the moisture from and make dry

v lose water or moisture

Synonyms:
dehydrate, dry up, exsiccate
Antonyms:
hydrate
cause to be hydrated; add water or moisture to
hydrate
become hydrated and combine with water
hydrate
supply water or liquid to in order to maintain a healthy balance
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Type of:
dry, dry out
remove the moisture from and make dry

v preserve by removing all water and liquids from

Synonyms:
dehydrate
Type of:
keep, preserve
prevent (food) from rotting

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