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  • v. Present participle of desiccate.


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  • She saw his shadow as he passed the window, and her heart gave a great bound, for she knew who was "desiccating" the Sabbath by calling upon her.

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  • Out on the open cliff land, beyond pines towering above the ubiquitous evergreen oaks, shady holly and bay, gorse is thick with yellow flowers – blooming again after the desiccating cold.

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  • Without his meaty jowls, he looks like he could be one of the desiccating "original" millennium-old vampires on the Vampire Diaries.

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  • Researching the ancient Mediterranean wine cultures of Greece and Rome, he introduced the practice of desiccating the bunches of grapes on the vine several weeks before picking.

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  • Standing obediently in rows, they suck at the earth, desiccating their surroundings in service of an unlimited thirst.

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  • Some small desiccating hint that the world has lost its wholeness.

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  • Men tie plastic bags around their genitals or wear condoms in an effort to avoid the extreme desiccating effects of the brine, while some women put flour inside their vaginas as a barrier to the toxic water.

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  • As he drew closer to the shore, the bracing fragrance of desiccating squid and seaweed became subtly intermingled with the damp tang of drying nets and the firmly domestic aromas of peasant cooking.

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  • Even when the wheat is in the ground, farmers will need more moisture to replenish the deeper layers of the soil, which in the Lipetsk region, east of Kursk, has dried down to 1.5 meters or 2 meters below the surface, desiccating the roots of nearby pine trees, according to Martin Leu, a Black Earth production manager in the area.

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  • The desiccating winds and historic fire regime promoted the prairie ecosystem in this region; however, it is transitional to woodland that occurs to the north and east in Minnesota.

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