un siccative


causing or promoting absorption of moisture; drying.
a siccative substance, especially in paint.

1540–50; < Late Latin siccātīvus, equivalent to Latin siccāt(us) (past participle of siccāre to dry up; see sack3, -ate1) + -īvus -ive

antisiccative, adjective
nonsiccative, adjective, noun
unsiccative, adjective
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siccative (ˈsɪkətɪv)
a substance added to a liquid to promote drying: used in paints and some medicines
[C16: from Late Latin siccātīvus, from Latin siccāre to dry up, from siccus dry]

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Word Origin & History

1547, from L.L. siccativus "drying, siccative," from L. siccatus, pp. of siccare "to dry," from siccus "dry," from PIE base *seikw- "to flow out" (cf. Avestan hiku- "dry," Gk. iskhnos "dry, withered," Lith. seklus "shallow," M.Ir. sesc "dry," Skt. sincati "makes dry"). The noun is first recorded 1825.
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Medical Dictionary

siccative sic·ca·tive (sĭk'ə-tĭv)
A substance added to some medicines to promote drying; a drier.

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