Definition of siccative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪkətɪv/


A drying agent used as a component of paint.
Example sentences
  • Colored metal siccatives can also contribute to the discoloration and/or yellowing of linseed oil.
  • Tormin reports on a siccative, of which he says that it has been found valuable for floor coatings.
  • The invention relates to a method for preparing a carbon siccative for producing electrodes.


Late Middle English: from late Latin siccativus, from siccare 'to dry'.

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