tr.v. de·coct·ed, de·coct·ing, de·cocts
1. To extract the flavor of by boiling.
2. To make concentrated; boil down.
[Middle English decocten, to boil, from Latin dēcoquere, dēcoct-, to boil down or away : dē-, de- + coquere, to boil, to cook; see pekw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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