desiccated

To be desiccated is to be dried out. If you like desiccated fruit, you like dried fruit — such as raisins or dried apricots.

Something that's described with the adjective desiccated is extremely dry, or parched. During a drought, the ground becomes cracked and desiccated. Removing moisture and humidity from something is what makes it become desiccated. The Latin root, desiccatus, means "to make very dry."

Definitions of desiccated
  1. adjective
    thoroughly dried out
    synonyms: dried-out
    dry
    free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet
  2. adjective
    preserved by removing natural moisture
    “shredded and desiccated coconut meat”
    synonyms: dehydrated, dried
    preserved
    prevented from decaying or spoiling and prepared for future use
  3. adjective
    lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
    “"a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery"-C.J.Rolo”
    synonyms: arid, desiccate
    dull
    lacking in liveliness or animation
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