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Pronunciation: de-kant'

Definition: To pour off gently the upper clear portion of a fluid, leaving the sediment in the vessel.

[Mediev. L. decantho, fr. de- + canthus, the beak of a jug, fr. G. kanthos, corner of the eye]

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