decoction

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French decoccion, decoction, from Latin decoctiō, from decoquō (I boil down), from de- + coquō.

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Noun[edit]

decoction (plural decoctions)

  1. an extraction or essence of something, obtained by boiling it down
    • 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man In Deptford
      Poley offered a hot decoction of blackberries, saying: Peace?
    • 1994, Jeanette Winterson, Art & Lies
      Witches and devils no longer threaten you and me. We don’t mind living next door to the harmless lady with her herb garden and decoction still, her black cat and red hair.

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Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

decoction f (oblique plural decoctions, nominative singular decoction, nominative plural decoctions)

  1. Alternative form of decoccion.