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Concoction Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    concoction n
  1. any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients; "he volunteered to taste her latest concoction"; "he drank a mixture of beer and lemonade" [syn: mixture, intermixture]
  2. an occurrence of an unusual mixture; "it suddenly spewed out a thick green concoction"
  3. 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"
  4. the act of creating something (a medicine or drink or soup etc.) by compounding or mixing a variety of components [syn: confection]
Concoction Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Concoction \Con*coc"tion\, n. [L. concoctio.]
  1. A change in food produced by the organs of nutrition; digestion. [Obs.]
  2. The act of concocting or preparing by combining different ingredients; also, the food or compound thus prepared.
  3. The act of digesting in the mind; planning or devising; rumination. --Donne.
  4. (Med.) Abatement of a morbid process, as a fever and return to a normal condition. [Obs.]
  5. The act of perfecting or maturing. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Concoction'

A concoction is, strictly speaking, a combination of various ingredients, usually herbs, spices, condiments, powdery substances or minerals, mixed up together, minced, dissolved or macerated into a liquid so as they can be ingested or drunk. The term "concoction" is sometimes loosely used metaphorically in order to describe a cocktail or a motley assemblage of things, persons or ideas.

Quite often, various extremely pungent and spicy ketchups or hot sauces, usually based on Cayenne peppers, are inadvertently (or for marketing reasons) called "concoctions".

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