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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:, 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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