• 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

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