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[ahn-fluh-rahzh; French ahn-flœ-razh]
  1. a process of extracting perfumes by exposing inodorous oils or fats to the exhalations of flowers.
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Origin of enfleurage

1850–55; < French, equivalent to enfleur(er) to impregnate with scent of flowers (en- en-1 + -fleurer, derivative of fleur flower) + -age -age
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Examples from the Web for enfleurage

Historical Examples

  • They are treated by maceration and enfleurage, chiefly the latter.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888


  • Emulsin of other odors can be prepared with tubereuse, rose, or cassie (acacia) oil (prepared by enfleurage or maceration).

    The Art of Perfumery

    G. W. Septimus Piesse

  • Another method of extracting the scent of flowers is by enfleurage, which takes advantage of the tendency of fats to absorb odors.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

  • Descending to the cellar—the coolest part of the building—we find the simple apparatus used in the process of enfleurage.

  • They are finished off, however, by the process of enfleurage, in which the frames before alluded to are made use of.

British Dictionary definitions for enfleurage


  1. the process of exposing odourless oils to the scent of fresh flowers, used in perfume-making
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Word Origin

C19: literally: inflowering
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