Pronounced: RALE-bird, noun
Notes: I didn’t know this word, but the definition makes sense
The word decoct means
- to extract the flavor of by boiling
- boil down, concentrate
The reference I looked at is not sure; either the late 1300s or the early 1400s
Background / Comments
As I noted yesterday, I have heard of concoct, which means “to prepare by combining raw materials”, but not today’s word. It comes from the Latin word decoquere, made up of de- (down or away) and coquere (to cook or ripen). Concoct also comes from coquere, but the prefix con- means “with”. Precocious also comes from coquere; it makes sense if you consider the ripen part of the definition; something “precocious” has ripened before one would expect it to – thus, showing mature qualities at an early age.
I wasn’t sure how fair it was to use this word, as it turns out to be relatively rare, but if I run across it, it’s fun to add it here.