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essence
used in Brave New World

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Definition
the defining or most important quality of something

or:

a extract that concentrates important qualities of something such as smell or taste
  • ...(loudly or low),
    Speak–but with the voice
    Of whom, I do not know.
    Absence, say, of Susan's,
    Absence of Egeria's
    Arms and respective bosoms,
    Lips and, ah, posteriors,
    Slowly form a presence;
    Whose? and, I ask, of what
    So absurd an essence,
    That something, which is not,
    Nevertheless should populate
    Empty night more solidly
    Than that with which we copulate,
    Why should it seem so squalidly?
     Well, I gave them that as an example, and they reported me to the Principal.
    p. 181.8

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