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[ tawr-uh-fahy, tor- ]
/ ˈtɔr əˌfaɪ, ˈtɒr- /

verb (used with object), tor·ri·fied, tor·ri·fy·ing.


Nearby words

torricellian tube, torricellian vacuum, torrid, torrid zone, torridly, torrify, torrijos herrera, torrijos herrera, omar, torrington, torsade, torsade de pointes

Definition for torrify (2 of 2)


or tor·ri·fy

[ tawr-uh-fahy, tor- ]
/ ˈtɔr əˌfaɪ, ˈtɒr- /

verb (used with object), tor·re·fied, tor·re·fy·ing.

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

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for torrify


/ (ˈtɒrɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(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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