Word of the Every Other Day


\ dih-KANt \  , verb;

1. to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.

2. to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.


One of Enzo’s jobs was to decant  the cloudy green-gold liquid into smaller vessels for use in the kitchen.

— Nicky Pellegrino, The Villa Girls , 2011

They stood shivering in the narrow hallway, waiting for their turn to come forward and wash. Rosa would decant  some of the cold water she had fetched from the well into a big tub.

— Steve Sem-Sandberg, The Emperor of Lies , 2011



Decant  originally comes from the Latin word canth  meaning “spout, rim of a vessel.” One of the many meanings of the prefix de-  is “removal.”

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