- The true characteristic or substance of a body.
- An element.
- A fluidextract.
- An alcoholic solution, or spirit, of the volatile oil of a plant.
- Any volatile substance responsible for odor or taste of the organism (usually a plant) producing it; by extension, synthetic perfumes or flavors.
[L. essentia, fr. esse, to be]
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