[tiz-uh n, ti-zan]
- a nourishing decoction, originally one made from barley, purported to have medicinal quality.
Origin of ptisan
1350–1400; < Latin ptisana < Greek ptisánē peeled barley, barley water; replacing Middle English tisane < French < Latin, as above
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On his next visit the doctor asked, "What effect has the ptisan produced?"
Ptisan, tiz′an, n. a medicinal drink made from barley with other ingredients.
A large cup of ptisan was presented by the page, which the sick man swallowed with eager and trembling haste.The Fair Maid of Perth
Sir Walter Scott
When the little Abb de Voisenon was ordered by his physician to drink a quart of ptisan per hour he was horrified.A Book about Doctors
John Cordy Jeaffreson
When the diminutive Abb de Voisenon was ordered by his physician to drink a quart of ptisan per hour, he was horrified.
- grape juice drained off without pressure
- a variant spelling of tisane
C14: from Old French tisane, from Latin ptisana, from Greek ptisanē barley groats
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- A medicinal infusion, such as sweetened barley water.
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