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Saturday, June 25, 2011

torrefy

\TAWR-uh-fahy\ , verb;
1.
To subject to fire or intense heat.
2.
In pharmacology, to dry or parch drugs with heat.
3.
To roast, as metallic ores.
Quotes:
A coffee-roaster answers for this purpose, taking care not to torrefy them too much, as the oil of the nut suffers thereby, and it becomes a dark brown or black, grows bitter, and spoils the colour of the chocolate
-- Ernest Spon, American library edition of workshop receipts, Volume 2, 1903
The eloquence of statesmen will not sear War's naked wounds, nor may one torrefy / The solemn lines of a gifted sonneteer.
-- Canadian Poetry Magazine, 1945
Origin:
Torrefy stems from the two Latin roots torrēre "to dry up" and facere "to put, or make so."
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