One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbtorrefies, torrefying, torrefied[with object]technical
Roast, scorch, or dry (a substance such as an ore, a drug, or a fuel) with heat to drive off all moisture or impurities.‘torrefying wood loses 30% of the mass but only 10% of the energy’
Early 17th century: from French torréfier, from Latin torrefacere ‘dry by heat’, from torrere ‘parch, scorch’.
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