Moby-Dick: Decoction


  1. boiling something to extract its virtues
  2. concentration
  3. extraction

The word decoction appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 8 > Sentence 6:

The transition is a keen one, I assure you, from a schoolmaster to a sailor, and requires a strong decoction of Seneca and the Stoics to enable you to grin and bear it.

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Herman Melville
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