From Anglo-Norman tysanne, Middle French ptisane, tisane (“barley water, medicinal drink”), and their source, Latin tisana, variant of ptisana, from Ancient Greek πτισάνη (ptisánē, “peeled barley, barley gruel”), from πτίσσειν (ptíssein, “to peel, to crush”).
tisane (plural tisanes)
- A medicinal drink, originally made from barley soaked in water. [from 14th c.]
- Synonym: 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.
- 1838 (date written), L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter V, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. […], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, […], published 1842, OCLC 1000392275, page 57:
- Towards the end of the week the girls complained of violent headaches and restless nights; and before Monday it was very obvious that they were all in a high fever. Tuesday Isabella was delirious, and Mademoiselle Virginie sent the maid to Covent Garden to buy some herbs, which, she said, would form a sovereign tisane.
- 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.
tisane f (plural tisanes)
- herbal tea; tisane
- Synonym: infusion
- Cette tisane est très chaude. ― This herbal tea is very hot.
- une tisane à la menthe ― peppermint tea
- (colloquial, dated) beating, pounding, thrashing
- tisane on the French Wikipedia.Wikipedia fr
- “tisane”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- plural of