Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dry or parch with heat; roast.
- Specifically— In metallurgy, to roast or scorch, as metallic ores.
- In pharmacy, to dry or parch, as drugs, on a metallic plate till they become friable or are reduced to any state desired.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To dry by a fire.
- v. (Metal.) To subject to scorching heat, so as to drive off volatile ingredients; to roast, as ores.
- v. (Pharm.) To dry or parch, as drugs, on a metallic plate till they are friable, or are reduced to the state desired.
- Latin torrefaciō. (Wiktionary)
“They generally torrefy it in the Embers, so strip off the Bark from the Root, beating it to a Consistence fit to spread, so lay it on the griev'd Part; which both cleanses a fowl Ulcer; and after Scarrification, being apply'd to a Contusion, or Swelling, draws forth the Pain, and reduces the Part to its pristine State of Health, as I have often seen effected.”
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