A concoction is a curious mixture of things, like a bunch of liquids stirred in a cup, or the elaborate and unbelievable story you make up to explain not finishing your homework.

Mix eight different liquids in a glass and you've got a concoction. Scientists create concoctions of chemicals in test tubes, and a bicycle made of junkyard scraps is a concoction too. The word’s Latin root means “cooked together,” referring to when you heat metals in order to purify them. A concoction is also a tall tale told to get out of trouble or entertain someone. If your story has ostriches, trampolines, lasers, and Abraham Lincoln, it’s probably a concoction.

Definitions of concoction

n the act of creating something (a medicine or drink or soup etc.) by compounding or mixing a variety of components

Type of:
creating from raw materials
the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it

n an occurrence of an unusual mixture

“it suddenly spewed out a thick green concoction
Type of:
mix, mixture
an event that combines things in a mixture

n any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients

“he volunteered to taste her latest concoction
intermixture, mixture
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spiced mixture of chopped raisins and apples and other ingredients with or without meat
dressing, stuffing
a mixture of seasoned ingredients used to stuff meats and vegetables
a mixture of fat and flour heated and used as a basis for sauces
a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking
a flour mixture stiff enough to knead or roll
mix, premix
a commercially prepared mixture of dry ingredients
a food mixture used to fill pastry or sandwiches etc.
a commercial preparation containing most of the ingredients for a dish
self-raising flour, self-rising flour
a commercially prepared mixture of flour and salt and a leavening agent
pastry, pastry dough
a dough of flour and water and shortening
pate a choux, pouf paste, puff batter
batter for making light hollow cases to hold various fillings
turkey stuffing
stuffing for turkey
oyster dressing, oyster stuffing
stuffing made with oysters
farce, forcemeat
mixture of ground raw chicken and mushrooms with pistachios and truffles and onions and parsley and lots of butter and bound with eggs
bread dough
any of various doughs for bread
pancake batter
batter for making pancakes
fritter batter
batter for making fritters
a sweet filling made of prunes or apricots
Type of:
food product, foodstuff
a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food

n the invention of a scheme or story to suit some purpose

“his testimony was a concoction
“she has no peer in the concoction of mystery stories”
Type of:
conception, design, excogitation, innovation, invention
the creation of something in the mind

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