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From Ancient Greek ἐμπύρευμα (empúreuma, a live coal covered with ashes). Compare French empyreume. See empyreal.



empyreuma (plural empyreumas or empyreumata)

  1. (obsolete, chemistry) The peculiar smell and taste arising from products of decomposition of animal or vegetable substances when burnt in close vessels.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for empyreuma”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)