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noun plural -mata (-mətə)
  1. the smell and taste associated with burning vegetable and animal matter
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Word Origin

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.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • Empyreuma, the smell arising from organic matter when subjected to the action of fire, but not enough to carbonize it entirely.

  • Its colour is yellow, and it smells and tastes a little of the empyreuma, occasioned by torrefying the Yelks.