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From Latin siccitas, from siccus (dry).


siccity (uncountable)

  1. (formal, rare) Dryness.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , Book I, New York, 2001, page 156:
      To the preservation of life the natural heat is most requisite, though siccity and humidity [] be not excluded.
    • 1902, Watson Bradshaw, "Medea", Act III., in The Ten Tragedies of Seneca, page 431:
      [] so long as the polar heavens regulate the movement of the Northern Bear, and preserve it, in its siccity (the Bears are called "siccæ", or dry, as they never set) []
    • 2006, Joseph A. Munk, Arizona Sketches (, ISBN 1442938609, page 124:
      Only by extreme siccity is such land possible when more water rises in evaporation than falls by precipitation.
    • 2007, Patricia Arlabosse, Jean-Henry Ferrasse, Didier Lecomte, Michel Crine, Yohann Dumont, Angélique Léonard, "Efficient sludge thermal processing: from drying to thermal valorization", in Evangelos Tsotsas, Arun S. Mujumdar (eds) Modern Drying Technology, Energy Savings (John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 3527315594, page 319:
      At least regarding combustion, it is advisable to derive conditions for the auto-ignition of the wet sewage sludge from an enthalpy balance with a flame temperature of 600 °C. This generally gives values of siccity close to 50%.

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