One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A herbal tea.
- ‘A brewed mixture made with any ingredients other than tea leaves will yield a tisane, known in America as herbal tea, which is technically not tea at all.’
- ‘Properly called tisanes, or herbal infusions, these aren't truly tea.’
- ‘Upon tasting the little cake dipped in a tisane, our hero experiences the shock of being swept back to his childhood, ‘an exquisite pleasure… filling me with a precious essence’.’
- ‘There are espressos, cappuccinos, mochaccinos, lattés, teas, tisanes and a wide assortment of more exotically flavoured coffee-based potions that would definitely put a little motion in your ocean, if you know what I mean.’
- ‘On crisp spring days I often make a tisane or a rose tea, take it into the garden and wrap myself in a big warm blanket.’
- ‘To finish up, there are lots of intriguing coffee concoctions and fresh tisanes that will make you want to linger longer.’
- ‘More explanations and monologues on things French follow (including useful tips on how to snag a red croc bag from Hermes, or to sweeten one's natural juices with a pot of tisane - herbal tea - before making love).’
- ‘Huge international tea companies sell teas, tisanes and herbals in hip, socially conscious packages.’
- ‘If you can support it, offer a fruity iced tisane as well, as a non-caffeinated alternative.’
- ‘Elderflowers have been made into teas or tisanes in Europe and by N. American Indians, largely for medicinal use and especially as an antidote against colds.’
- 1.1archaic A medicinal drink or infusion, originally one made with barley.
- ‘She thought I had a fever beginning and forced me to drink one of her foul tasting tisanes.’
- ‘Made from three species of rhododendron plants, this tisane boasts medicinal benefits for everything from chest congestion to skin ailments.’
- ‘Although the tisane has not proven its health benefits on heart health and cancer prevention, it is still a plant-based drink and is better than soda!’
- ‘The later medieval version in France had the name tisane, was sweetened with sugar and seasoned with licorice and sometimes also figs.’
- ‘I more than once encountered a mildly medicinal tisane in Chinese supermarkets.’
- ‘Just working in a garden can confer health benefits, and those who choose to harvest from the project will be able to enjoy a wide variety of tisanes and other herbal preparations for health.’
- ‘Many tisanes are based on old medicinal elixirs that are so yummy, people have forgotten their original purpose.’
- ‘Our friend mint confers a great flavor to food even if you don't care to use it in tisanes for headaches, stress, or anxiety!’
Late Middle English (in sense ‘medicinal drink’): via Old French tisane, ptisane from Latin ptisana, from Greek ptisanē ‘peeled barley’. The word became rare until reintroduced from French in the 20th century.
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