A vegetable oil that slowly dries over time. Semidrying oils dry too slowly to be used in artist paints. Their rate of drying can be accelerated using siccatives. Examples of semidrying oils are sesame oil, cottonseed oil, and soybean oil.
Synonyms and Related Terms
semi-drying oil (Br.); aceite semisecante (Esp.)
J.S. Mills, R.White, The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects, Butterworth Heinemann, London, 1994.
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- ASTM, "Standard Terminology Relating to Paint, Varnish, Lacquer and Related Products", Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 6, Paints, Related Coatings and Aromatics, ASTM, D16, 7-Jan, Jul-96
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000 Comment: semidrying (preferred); semi-drying (Br.)