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Etymology

Middle English < Middle French < Mediaeval Latin quinta essentia "fifth essence".

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quintessence

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quintessence (-)
  1. A thing that is a perfect example of its type.
  2. A pure substance.
  3. (alchemy) The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water

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