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Noun quintessence has 3 senses
- 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
- 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
- quintessence - the most typical example or representative of a type
--3 is a kind of example, illustration, instance, representative