- to subject to fire or intense heat; parch, roast, or scorch.
- Pharmacology. to dry or parch (drugs) with heat.
- to roast, as metallic ores.
Origin of torrefy
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Historical Examples of torrefaction
Sulphur always renders an ore refractory; for, when it is expelled by torrefaction, the ore melts easily.
This torrefaction, to which the name of fusion may be given, requires great care and dexterity.
- (tr) to dry (drugs, ores, etc) by subjection to intense heat; roast
Word Origin for torrefy
C17: from French torréfier, from Latin torrefacere, from torrēre to parch + facere to make
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