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aromatic

[ar-uh-mat-ik] /ˌær əˈmæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-scented; odoriferous.
2.
Chemistry. of or relating 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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English aromatyk (< Middle French) < Late Latin arōmaticus < Greek arōmatikós. See aroma, -ic
Related forms
aromatically, adverb
aromaticness, noun
nonaromatic, adjective
nonaromatically, adverb
unaromatic, adjective
unaromatically, adverb
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  • Sadly, the aromatic fruits are merely a decorative bonus.
  • Curry leaves make this vegan curry intensely aromatic.
  • Place the vanilla seeds and sugar in a bowl and rub them together until the sugar is aromatic.
  • Give this breakfast staple a makeover with the addition of freshly toasted, aromatic hazelnuts.
  • All those resinous plants releasing their aromatic oils in the warm air.
British Dictionary definitions for aromatic

aromatic

/ˌærəˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
having a distinctive, usually fragrant smell
2.
(of an organic compound) having an unsaturated ring containing alternating double and single bonds, esp containing a benzene ring; exhibiting aromaticity Compare aliphatic
noun
3.
something, such as a plant or drug, giving off a fragrant smell
Derived Forms
aromatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for aromatic
adj.

c.1400, aromatyk, from Middle French aromatique (14c.), from Latin aromaticus, from Greek aromatikos, from aroma (genitive aromatos) "seasoning, sweet spice," of unknown origin.

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aromatic in Medicine

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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aromatic in Science
aromatic
  (ār'ə-māt'ĭk)   

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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