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Friday, May 20, 2016

Definitions for inspissate

  1. to thicken, as by evaporation; make or become dense.

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Citations for inspissate
Spells were directed at the portrait and hand drums were beaten, scents of noxious herbs alight arose to inspissate the air beneath the hanging image. Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers, 1980
Tar-water moderately inspissates with its balsamick virtue, and renders mild the thin and sharp part of the blood. George Berkeley, "The Virtues of Tar-Water," London Magazine, January, 1744
Origin of inspissate
1620-1630
Inspissate ultimately derives from the Latin term spissus meaning "thick." It entered English in the early 1600s.