parboil

[pahr-boil]
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Origin of parboil

1400–50; late Middle English parboylen to boil partly, (rarely) to boil fully < Middle French parboillir < Late Latin perbullīre to boil through and through (see per-, boil1); change of meaning by confusion of par- with part
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parboil

verb (tr)
  1. to boil until partially cooked, often before further cooking
  2. to subject to uncomfortable heat

Word Origin for parboil

C15: from Old French parboillir, from Late Latin perbullīre to boil thoroughly (see per-, boil 1); modern meaning due to confusion of par- with part
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Word Origin and History for parboil
v.

late 14c., "to boil partially;" mid-15c., "to boil thoroughly," from Old French parboillir "to boil thoroughly," from Medieval Latin perbullire "to boil thoroughly," from Latin per "through, thoroughly" + bullire "to boil" (see boil (v.)). Main modern meaning "boil partially" is by mistaken association of the prefix with part. Related: Parboiled; parboiling.

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