What does the word decoction mean?

Usage examples for decoction

  1. They require to be dried before the decoction is made; but this can be done in a short time over a fire; and so in a short time it was done, Norman having parched them upon heated stones. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  2. The floors of the houses are invariably made of earth, beaten down hard, and smeared periodically with a decoction of cow- dung. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin