decoct

Pronounced: dih-KAHKT, verb

Notes: I know “concoct”, but not this word


Yesterday’s word

The word mooncalf is

  • a daydreamer or absent-minded person
  • a fool or simpleton
  • a congenitally deformed person
First usage

This word was first used in the mid-1500s

Background / Comments

In early times, it was believed that a misshapen birth was a result of the effects of the moon, and thus the third definition. Often such people were taken as simpletons, whether or not they were, and thus the definition spread to the second meaning. By extension, the first meaning came about, as a daydreamer or absent-minded person may appear to be a fool.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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