parboil

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French parbouillir (to boil thoroughly), from Medieval Latin perbulliō, from Latin per (thoroughly) + bulliō (I boil). Sense “to boil partially” (c.1440), rather than original “to boil thoroughly” is by corruption: associating the prefix with part (from Latin pars (part)) rather than per.[1]

Verb[edit]

parboil (third-person singular simple present parboils, present participle parboiling, simple past and past participle parboiled)

  1. To boil food briefly so that it is partly cooked.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ parboil” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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