One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extract the essence from (something) by heating or boiling it.
- ‘Characteristically, these herbs are usually dry and contain volatile oils and should not be decocted for more than 15 minutes.’
- ‘Oil can be made of these by decocting them first in water.’
- ‘First, decoct the tangerine peel and use the boiling water to infuse the tea.’
- ‘One hundred grams of dried roots or flowers of P. ginseng were decocted with water until the volume was reduced by half.’
- ‘Extracts were prepared by decocting the dry herb with boiling water for 60 minutes.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘cook, heat up’): from Latin decoct- ‘boiled down’, from the verb decoquere, from de- ‘down’ + coquere ‘cook’.
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