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One entry found for quintessence.
Main Entry: quin·tes·sence
Pronunciation: kwin-primarystresstes-schwan(t)s
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English quintessence "the substance from which heavenly bodies are formed (according to medieval belief)," from early French quinte essence (same meaning), from Latin quinta essentia, literally, "fifth essence," from earlier quinta, feminine form of quintus "fifth," and earlier essentia "essence"
1 : the purest form of something
2 : the most perfect type or example
- quint·es·sen·tial /secondarystresskwint-schwa-primarystresssen-chschwal/ adjective

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