Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An herbal infusion or similar preparation drunk as a beverage or for its mildly medicinal effect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A medicinal drink made from barley soaked in water
  • n. Any infusion or drink, especially medicinal or curative, made by steeping in hot water; a herbal tea

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See ptisan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A decoction with medicinal properties. Compare ptisan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. infusion of e.g. dried or fresh flowers or leaves

Etymologies

French, barley water, from Old French, from Latin ptisana, tisana; see ptisan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ptisane, tisane, from Ancient Greek πτισάνη (ptisanē, "peeled barley, barley-water"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The drinking of healthy herbal brews has a long history - the word tisane is derived from the Greek ptisane, which referred to a drink made from barley.

    A Nice Cuppa

  • • Herbal: Also referred to as a tisane, herbal teas incorporate flowers, roots, herbs, and spices, but contain no actual tea.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • But here is what I have done today: I have used up the last of a kind of tisane (herbal tea) and a kind of hot chocolate.

    mrissa: temporary champion

  • H&S’s line of fruit “teas” are all a mixture of dried fruit, rather than dried herbs (aka a tisane) or dried tea leaves (aka tea).

    Daily Tea: March 26, 2010 | Tea Derivations

  • A type of tisane and a type of hot chocolate completely used up!

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • For whatever reason, hot chocolate does not appeal with this kind of sick, so I go through a lot of tisane.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • Also, I have now tried all the kinds of tisane in the house and sorted them for which ones are to go find themselves new homes and which ones are to get drunk up by me.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • Which is fine, because it's not like there were things I wanted to do this week other than curling up on the sofa and trying to get and keep something in my system that has more substance in it than cloudberry tisane.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • An organic spirit, 80-proof Rhuby is inspired by a tisane brewed by the Pennsylvania Dutch.

    Bits & Bites: News You Can Eat

  • Breakfast today is sesame steamed buns, and the tea today is coffee, which is technically a tisane.

    a complex and sometimes lethal machine

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