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verb (used with object)
  1. to extract the flavor or essence of by boiling.
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Origin of decoct

1375–1425; late Middle English decocten < Latin dēcoctus boiled down; see decoction
Related formsun·de·coct·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for decoct


  1. to extract (the essence or active principle) from (a medicinal or similar substance) by boiling
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Word Origin

C15: see decoction
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Word Origin and History for decoct


early 15c., from Latin decoctus, past participle of decoquere (see decoction). Related: Decocted; decocting.

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