tisane (plural tisanes)
- A medicinal drink, originally made from barley soaked in water; a herbal tea. [from 14th c.]
- 1831, Alexander Macaulay, A dictionary of medicine, designed for popular use, 2nd edition, page 454:
- Ptisan. A diluent drink which makes a great figure in the dietetic precepts of the ancients.
- 1928, Agatha Christie, The Mystery of the Blue Train:
- “Neither,” said Poirot, “I shall go to bed and take a tisane. The expected has happened […].”
- 1932, Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, Folio Society 2010, p. 5:
- The sick people would take away also some herbs for their ptisan, some wine and other comforts […].
- 1993, Will Self, My Idea of Fun:
- As soon as he had opened the door he worked his way back to his high-backed Queen Anne armchair, where he picked up his bone-china cup and took a sip of a rarefied tisane.
Latin tisana, ptisana, from Ancient Greek πτισάνη (ptisánē, “peeled barley, barley-water”), related to πτίσσειν (ptíssein, “to peel”).
tisane f (plural tisanes)
- a herbal tea
- plural of tisana