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essential oils


Definition: plant products, usually somewhat volatile, giving the odors and tastes characteristic of the particular plant, thus possessing the essence, citral, pinene, camphor, menthane, terpenes; usually, the steam distillates of plants or oils of plants obtained by pressing out the rinds of a particular plant.

See Also: volatile oil

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