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.
  3. 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
Related formstor·re·fac·tion [tawr-uh-fak-shuh n, tor-] /ˌtɔr əˈfæk ʃən, ˌtɒr-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for torrefy


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

Word Origin for torrefy

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