Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-smelling: aromatic herbs.
  • adj. Chemistry Of, relating to, or containing one or more six-carbon rings characteristic of the benzene series and related organic groups.
  • n. An aromatic plant or substance, such as a medication.
  • n. Chemistry An aromatic organic compound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Fragrant or spicy.
  • adj. Having a closed ring of alternate single and double bonds with delocalized electrons.
  • adj. derived from benzene.
  • n. A fragrant plant or spice added to a dish to flavour it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or containing, aroma; fragrant; spicy; strong-scented; odoriferous.
  • n. A plant, drug, or medicine, characterized by a fragrant smell, and usually by a warm, pungent taste, as ginger, cinnamon, spices.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Giving out an aroma; fragrant; sweetscented; odoriferous; of spicy flavor.
  • Caused by an aroma or fragrant odor.
  • In chem., an epithet formerly applied to a small group of organic bodies, of vegetable origin, which had an aromatic smell and taste; now applied to all those compounds which are derived from the hydrocarbon benzene, C6H6.
  • n. A plant, drug, or medicine which yields a fragrant smell, as sage, certain spices and oils, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a strong pleasant odor
  • adj. (chemistry) of or relating to or containing one or more benzene rings

Etymologies

From Middle French aromatique, from Ancient Greek ἄρωμα (arōma, "seasoning, spicy and/or fragrant smell"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It certainly drives certain aromatic characteristics in some wines, and adds amplitude, and some strength to the aromatic profile of some wines.

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  • Every day, I'd arrive for my treatment wearing the sarong they'd given me (mine to keep), sit for the foot scrub, then lie down on a wooden table whose "sheet" was a giant palm tree leaf as my two therapists rubbed hot scented sacks of herbs on my face, slathered me in aromatic oils, and worked in tandem to knead out my knots.

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  • In 1477, following Spain's unification, Ferdinand and Isabella created a central Protomedicato empowered to examine, not only physicians and surgeons but also midwives, bonesetters, apothecaries, dealers in aromatic drugs, and any other persons who "in whole or in part practice these professions" — men as well as women.

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  • Balls of course, the unspeakable “New friend” David Millimoron and a host of salaried advisers like Gila Sacks, who, at a cost of £1,000,000, tickle his tummy and baste him in aromatic oils.

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  • Now, there were, among the gifts, certain aromatic roots of which he would have the merchant acquaint him with the names and uses; so he said to him,

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  • Eastern women of the higher classes by dint of continual maceration, Esther-fashion, in aromatic oils and essences, would naturally become impregnated with the sweet scents of the cosmetics used.

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  • Changes in aromatic preferences can cause "sympatric speciation" among maggots -- a form of speciation that is not really genetic (the two species can still interbreed), but rather circumstantial: genetic differences contained in each species causes it to behave in a way that ensures it will never get it on with the other species.

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  • Highlights included Cantigny Park bedecked in aromatic flowers and plants; twice to the Field Museum, once for "Splendors of China's Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong" and again for the 53rd Annual Behind-the-Scenes Event; the wonderful "Rembrandt's Journey" at the Art Institute; two adventures at the Shedd Aquarium, including today's member preview of "Sea Star Quest"; two trips to the Museum of Science and Industry, including the new exhibit "Action!

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  • The particularly toxic components of oil, known as aromatic hydrocarbons, can evaporate within hours or days of a spill.

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  • Without the slightest encouragement she would find herself recalling the aromatic scent of his skin, the taste of him and the hard heat of his urgent body against hers, and occasionally it mortified her to be at the mercy of a hunger she could not control.

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