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Word of the Day for Saturday July 3rd 2010

quintessential \kwin-te-SEN-shel\, adjective:
Being the most typical manifestation of a quality or a thing.

Quintessential translates from Latin as the "fifth element", quint "fifth" and essentia "essence." The idea of the fifth element stems from Greek and medieval alchemical beliefs in the purest essence of a substance.

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