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A substance added to paints and some medicines to promote drying; a drier.

[Late Latin siccātīvus, drying, from Latin siccātus, past participle of siccāre, to dry, from siccus, dry.]


(Elements & Compounds) 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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Noun1.siccative - a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)
chemical agent - an agent that produces chemical reactions
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The source of the lead probably is a lead-based siccative that had been added to the varnish," adds Falkenberg.
Similar attempts were made in the Romanian area as well, where icons painted with tempera colors (verdigris included) were covered either with a film of siccative linseed oil or with a varnish.
In front of the painter is a palette, broken in half and lying in the center of a tall three-legged table that also includes paint boxes, cigarettes, matches, small flasks of Harlem siccative (a chemical compound--BS), and oil paints.