aromatic

[ar-uh-mat-ik]
adjective
1.
having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-scented; odoriferous.
2.
Chemistry. of or pertaining to an aromatic compound or compounds.
noun
3.
a plant, drug, or medicine yielding a fragrant aroma, as sage or certain spices and oils.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English aromatyk (< Middle French) < Late Latin arōmaticus < Greek arōmatikós. See aroma, -ic

aromatically, adverb
aromaticness, noun
nonaromatic, adjective
nonaromatically, adverb
unaromatic, adjective
unaromatically, adverb
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aromatic (ˌærəˈmætɪk)
 
adj
1.  having a distinctive, usually fragrant smell
2.  Compare aliphatic (of an organic compound) having an unsaturated ring containing alternating double and single bonds, esp containing a benzene ring; exhibiting aromaticity
 
n
3.  something, such as a plant or drug, giving off a fragrant smell
 
aro'matically
 
adv

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aromatic
mid-14c., from Fr. aromatique (14c.), from L. aromaticus, from Gk. aromatikos, from aroma (gen. aromatos) "seasoning, sweet spice," of unknown origin.
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aromatic ar·o·mat·ic (ār'ə-māt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Having an agreeable, somewhat pungent, spicy odor.

  2. Of, relating to, or containing one or more six-carbon rings characteristic of the benzene series and related organic groups.

n.
Any of a group of vegetable-derived drugs having a fragrant odor and slight stimulative properties.
ar'o·mat'i·cal·ly adv.
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Relating to an organic compound containing at least one benzene ring or similar ring-shaped component. Naphthalene and TNT are aromatic compounds. Compare aliphatic.
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Example sentences
Now, retailers are selling potent aromatic candles billed for bathroom use.
Benzoic acid is an aromatic carboxylic acid, not a phenol as previously
  reported.
And if you cover the grill for a few minutes near the end of cooking, the food
  captures a trace of the aromatic smoke.
Each sprig of aromatic herbs or flowers was chosen for its meaning according to
  the language of flowers.
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