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intr. & tr.v. ex·sic·cat·ed, ex·sic·cat·ing, ex·sic·cates
To dry up or cause to dry up.

[Middle English exsiccaten, from Latin exsiccāre, exsiccāt- : ex-, ex- + siccāre, to dry (from siccus, dry).]

ex′sic·ca′tion n.
ex′sic·ca′tive adj.
ex′sic·ca′tor n.
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And yet, they have produced widespread environmental violence, both macroscopically visible, such as in the exsiccation of the Aral Sea or the siltation of the Yellow River, and diffuse, at the micro-level of bodily and ecosystem contamination, as in post-Chernobyl Belarus.
These result from shrinkage of rock that is unstable due to exsiccation.
Accordingly, Bentham advised that the head be treated like the heads of indigenous New Zealanders, that is, by exsiccation. In striving to contribute to human happiness, then, a civilized man is not to scorn the "savage ingenuity" of "the barbarous New Zealanders," who have "preceded the most cultivated nations in the Auto-Icon art" (2).