- the smell and taste associated with burning vegetable and animal matter
C17: from Greek, from empureuein to set on fire
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Empyreuma, em-pir-ū′ma, n. the burned smell and acrid taste which result when vegetable or animal substances are burned:—pl.
Empyreuma, the smell arising from organic matter when subjected to the action of fire, but not enough to carbonize it entirely.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Its colour is yellow, and it smells and tastes a little of the empyreuma, occasioned by torrefying the Yelks.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.
Pierre Joseph Macquer