torrefaction

torrefy

[tawr-uh-fahy, tor-]
verb (used with object), torrefied, torrefying.
1.
to subject to fire or intense heat; parch, roast, or scorch.
2.
Pharmacology. to dry or parch (drugs) with heat.
3.
to roast, as metallic ores.
Also, torrify.


Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin torrefacere to make dry or hot, equivalent to torre-, stem of torrēre to dry up, parch, scorch + facere -fy; see torrid

torrefaction [tawr-uh-fak-shuhn, tor-] , noun
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torrefy (ˈtɒrɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
(tr) to dry (drugs, ores, etc) by subjection to intense heat; roast
 
[C17: from French torréfier, from Latin torrefacere, from torrēre to parch + facere to make]
 
torrefaction
 
n

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