Meaning of decoct in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈkɒkt/

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[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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One hundred grams of dried roots or flowers of P. ginseng were decocted with water until the volume was reduced by half.’
    • ‘Characteristically, these herbs are usually dry and contain volatile oils and should not be decocted for more than 15 minutes.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘cook, heat up’): from Latin decoct- ‘boiled down’, from the verb decoquere, from de- ‘down’ + coquere ‘cook’.