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quintessence

Noun

1 the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies [syn: ether]
2 the purest and most concentrated essence of something
3 the most typical example or representative of a type

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Etymology

< < quinta essentia "fifth essence".

Noun

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

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References

  • Webster 1913
  • Online Etymology Dictionary

Extensive Definition

The Transformers characters are spelled Quintessons.
Quintessence, literally fifth essence (from Latin quinta essentia), can refer :
quintessence in German: Quintessenz
quintessence in French: Quintessence
quintessence in Dutch: Kwintessens
quintessence in Russian: Квинтэссенция
quintessence in Serbian: Квинтесенција
quintessence in Swedish: Kvintessens

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