Monday, December 21, 2015

Word of the day: decoct

The word of the day is decoct:
  1. to extract the flavor or essence of by boiling.

"Combining literal interpretation with an understanding of context, epigraphers (decipherers of ancient writing) have spent the last thirty years hauling submerged chunks of Maya history to the surface.  David Stuart, a Mayanist at Harvard, decocted the encounter between Chak Tok Ich'aak and the Teotihuacán expedition in 2000."

 - Charles Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

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