or tor·ri·fy

[ tawr-uh-fahy, tor- ]
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verb (used with object),tor·re·fied, tor·re·fy·ing.
  1. to subject to fire or intense heat; parch, roast, or scorch.

  2. Pharmacology. to dry or parch (drugs) with heat.

  1. to roast, as metallic ores.

Origin of torrefy

1595–1605; <Latin torrefacere to make dry or hot, equivalent to torre-, stem of torrēre to dry up, parch, scorch + facere-fy; see torrid

Other words from torrefy

  • tor·re·fac·tion [tawr-uh-fak-shuhn, tor-], /ˌtɔr əˈfæk ʃən, ˌtɒr-/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for torrefy


/ (ˈtɒrɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to dry (drugs, ores, etc) by subjection to intense heat; roast

Origin of torrefy

C17: from French torréfier, from Latin torrefacere, from torrēre to parch + facere to make

Derived forms of torrefy

  • torrefaction (ˌtɒrɪˈfækʃən), noun

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