• (British) IPA: /tɪˈzæn/
  • (America) IPA: /tɪˈzæn/, /tɪˈzɑn/

tisane (plural tisanes)

  1. A medicinal drink, originally made from barley soaked in water. [from 14th c.]
    Synonyms: herbal tea
    • 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.

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