primary odour

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Any of the fundamental odours of which other odours are believed to be formed by combination, especially the six primary odours of Henning's prism: fragrant (like lavender or rose petals), ethereal (like ether or cleaning fluid), resinous (like resin or turpentine), spicy (like cinnamon or nutmeg), putrid (like faeces or rotten eggs), and burnt (like tar oil). See also Crocker-Henderson system, stereochemical theory, Zwaardemaker smell system.

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