dry; make dry
They laid the grapes out in the sun to desiccate them and turn them into raisins.
de (thoroughly) siccare (to dry) (Latin)
desi cake is always dried up. Desi+cat is always dry because if she will be wet she will be called bheegi billi. remember 9xm. "Desert Cake": Cake that has been dried out and turned dull in taste.