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quintessence

 
Noun quintessence has 3 senses
  1. quintessence, ether - the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
    --1 is a kind of element
  2. quintessence - the purest and most concentrated essence of something
    --2 is a kind of
    kernel, substance, core, center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty
  3. quintessence - the most typical example or representative of a type
    --3 is a kind of
    example, illustration, instance, representative
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