Definition of decoct in English:


Line breaks: de¦coct
Pronunciation: /dɪˈkɒkt


[with object]
  • Extract the essence from (something) by heating or boiling it: young red oaken leaves decocted in wine make an excellent gargle for a sore mouth
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    • Extracts were prepared by decocting the dry herb with boiling water for 60 minutes.
    • First, decoct the tangerine peel and use the boiling water to infuse the tea.
    • Oil can be made of these by decocting them first in water.



noun rare


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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