Other forms: concoctions

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
  1. noun
    the act of creating something (a medicine or drink or soup etc.) by compounding or mixing a variety of components
    synonyms: confection
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    creating from raw materials
    the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it
  2. noun
    an occurrence of an unusual mixture
    “it suddenly spewed out a thick green concoction
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    mix, mixture
    an event that combines things in a mixture
  3. noun
    any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients
    “he volunteered to taste her latest concoction
    synonyms: 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
  4. noun
    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”
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    conception, design, excogitation, innovation, invention
    the creation of something in the mind
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