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essence
used in Oryx and Crake

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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
  • For the success of the plan, time was of the essence.
    p. 346.8
  • But why would he be stupid enough to give up his grey rainy-day allure — the crepuscular essence, the foggy aureole, that had attracted them to him in the first place?
    p. 190.5

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