- to extract the flavor or essence of by boiling.
Origin of decoct
1375–1425; late Middle English decocten < Latin dēcoctus boiled down; see decoction
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Related Words for decoctchew, scrunch, squish, grind, crush, squeeze, poach, evaporate, stew, bubble, steam, simmer, shorten, summarize, curtail, compress, thicken, pulverize, pound, hash
- to extract (the essence or active principle) from (a medicinal or similar substance) by boiling
Word Origin for decoct
C15: see decoction
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early 15c., from Latin decoctus, past participle of decoquere (see decoction). Related: Decocted; decocting.
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