con·​coc·​tion | \kən-ˈkäk-shən, kän-\
plural concoctions

Definition of concoction 

1 : something (such as a food or drink) that is concocted from various elements : something prepared or devised by combining different ingredients an elaborate concoction This concoction is a cross between hot chocolate and a grasshopper, a mixed drink that gets its minty kick from crème de menthe.— Kim Steckler … the disc offers quite an unusual concoction of old and new songs that are surprisingly cohesive.— Jon Hetman

2 : the act of process of concocting something One of these young men had a rare faculty in the concoction of gin-cocktails.— Nathaniel Hawthorne

First Known Use of concoction

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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