• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ptisan A decoction of barley with other ingredients; a farinaceous drink.
    • Ptisan (Med) An aqueous medicine, containing little, if any, medicinal agent; a tea or tisane.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ptisan A mild harmless drink, or one having a slight medicinal quality, as barley-water or herb-tea.
    • n ptisan Grape-juice allowed to drain on the slab, without pressure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ptisan tiz′an a medicinal drink made from barley with other ingredients.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ptisana, peeled barley, barley water, Gr. , from to peel, husk; cf. F. ptisane, tisane,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ptisanē, peeled barley, barley-water—ptissein, to peel.


In literature:

Of which race there were few that looked the ptisane, but all of them were perfect lovers of the pure Septembral juice.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
You will continue your ptisan and we will answer for your majesty.
"Notre-Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo
Hippocrates himself was as particular about his barley-ptisan as any Florence Nightingale of our time could be.
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Everything which gave relief to others, ptisans, baths, and bleeding, increased my tortures.
"The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Here is somewhat to sweeten your ptisan.
"Garrick's Pupil" by Auguston Filon
Good Mr. Ptisan, we are upon business.
"Three Hours after Marriage" by John Gay
The Patient is to enter upon a Regimen, and drink plentifully of the Ptisan No.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
When the little Abbe de Voisenon was ordered by his physician to drink a quart of ptisan per hour he was horrified.
"A Book about Doctors" by John Cordy Jeaffreson