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. adjective
    lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
    “a desiccate romance”
    synonyms: arid, desiccated
    dull
    lacking in liveliness or animation
  2. verb
    remove water from
    synonyms: dehydrate
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    type of:
    dry, dry out
    remove the moisture from and make dry
  3. verb
    lose water or moisture
    synonyms: dehydrate, dry up, exsiccate
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    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
  4. verb
    preserve by removing all water and liquids from
    synonyms: dehydrate
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    type of:
    keep, preserve
    prevent (food) from rotting
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