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- an extraction or essence of something, obtained by boiling it down
*1993: Poley offered a hot decoction of blackberries, saying: Peace? — Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man In Deptford
*1994: Witches and devils no longer threaten you and me. We don't mind living next door to the harmless lady with her herb garden and decoction still, her black cat and red hair. — Jeanette Winterson, Art & Lies
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
De*coc"tion (?), n. [F.
décoction, L. decoctio.] 1.
The act or process of boiling anything in a watery fluid to
extract its virtues.
In decoction . . . it either purgeth at the top
or settleth at the bottom. Bacon.
2. An extract got from a body by boiling it
If the plant be boiled in water, the strained liquor
is called the decoction of the plant.
In pharmacy decoction is opposed to infusion,
where there is merely steeping. Latham.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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