decoct

verb
de·​coct | \di-ˈkäkt \

Definition of decoct 

transitive verb

1 : to extract the flavor of by boiling

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Decoct boils down to a simple Latin origin: the word decoquere, from de-, meaning "down" or "away," and coquere, meaning "to cook" or "to ripen." Decoct itself is quite rare. Its related noun decoction, which refers to either an extract obtained by decocting or the act or process of decocting, is slightly more common but still much less recognizable than some other members of the coquere family, among them biscuit, biscotti, cook, and kitchen. Other coquere descendants include concoct ("to prepare by combining raw materials" or "to devise or fabricate"), concoction ("something concocted"), and precocious ("exceptionally early in development or occurrence" or "exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age").

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In herbal medicine, roots and harder plant material like seeds and bark are often decocted (cooked over low heat for a length of time) as a way of extracting their healing qualities. Alaina Sullivan, Bon Appetit, "This Recipe for Moon Milk Is Better Than Counting Sheep," 24 Jan. 2017 In herbal medicine, roots and harder plant material like seeds and bark are often decocted (cooked over low heat for a length of time) as a way of extracting their healing qualities. Alaina Sullivan, Bon Appetit, "This Recipe for Moon Milk Is Better Than Counting Sheep," 24 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of decoct

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decoct

Middle English, from Latin decoctus, past participle of decoquere, from de- + coquere to cook — more at cook

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de·​coct | \di-ˈkäkt \

Medical Definition of decoct 

1 : to prepare by boiling : extract the flavor or active principle of by boiling

2 : to steep in hot water

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