• WordNet 3.6
    • v decoct steep in hot water
    • v decoct be cooked until very little liquid is left "The sauce should reduce to one cup"
    • v decoct extract the essence of something by boiling it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Decoct To prepare by boiling; to digest in hot or boiling water; to extract the strength or flavor of by boiling; to make an infusion of.
    • Decoct To prepare by the heat of the stomach for assimilation; to digest; to concoct.
    • Decoct To warm, strengthen, or invigorate, as if by boiling. "Decoct their cold blood."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • decoct To prepare by boiling; digest in hot or boiling water; extract the strength or flavor of by boiling.
    • decoct To digest in the stomach.
    • decoct To warm as if by boiling; heat up; excite.
    • decoct To concoct; devise.
    • decoct Cooked; digested.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Decoct de-kokt′ to prepare by boiling: to extract the substance of by boiling: to boil: to devise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. decoctus, p. p. of decoquere, to boil down; de-, + coquere, to cook, boil. See Cook to decoct
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. decoquĕre, decoctumde, down, coquĕre, to cook.


In literature:

Would they be likely to have their appetite aroused by the fumes of this thin decoction?
"The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V" by James Russell Lowell
Then the decoction of Tangena in rice-water is administered.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
Mordant with alum and dye in a decoction of oak bark.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet
Is a decoction of seneka-root of use?
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
A decoction of tobacco, or fine tobacco dust, are standard remedies for this insect.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
The gloves will be yellow or brown, according to the strength of the decoction.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Phillis's carefully decocted tea must have stimulated them to wakefulness.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
He wanted coffee, but he was afraid of the decoction which would be brought him.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
If the throat and skin are affected, muriate of mercury in solution, and decoction of sarsaparilla.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
A decoction of Peruvian bark was therefore prescribed, by the use of which she speedily recovered her health.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley
A brown red is made from a decoction of 2 oz.
"Intarsia and Marquetry" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Useful household remedies are raw eggs, strong coffee, parched rye flour, or decoction of oak bark.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
There is no such effective serum against philosophy as the scholarly decoction of a dead philosopher.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
At last, however, a friendly Indian told him of a decoction by which the scurvy might be cured.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
Ashes and lime, and various decoctions and offensive mixtures, have been recommended.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
It consisted of a decoction of various flowers.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
He continued to watch the motions, whilst his friends were doing justice to the spirituous decoctions.
"The History and Records of the Elephant Club" by Knight Russ Ockside and Q. K. Philander Doesticks
It was by no means certain that Gilliatt did not prepare philters and unholy decoctions.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
There we found a little inn, where, under the denomination of tea, they sold a decoction of burned beans.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Two teaspoonfuls of barley flour in a pint of water makes a 1.50% decoction of starch.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit

In poetry:

COME! fill a fresh bumper, for why should we go
While the nectar (logwood) still reddens our cups as they flow?
Pour out the rich juices (decoction) still bright with the sun,
Till o'er the brimmed crystal the rubies (dye-stuff) shall run.
"Ode For A Social Meeting" by Oliver Wendell Holmes