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n.1.(Old Chem.) A substance formerly supposed to give to soup and broth their characteristic odor, and probably consisting of one or several of the class of nitrogenous substances which are called extractives.
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Michael Riffaterre describes it as "the literary genre with an oxymoron for a name"; Joris-Karl Huysmans calls it "the osmazome of literature, the essential oil of art"; George Barker compares it to the Loch Ness monster ("a creature of whose existence we have only very uncertain evidence"); and in her seminal 1959 study, Suzanne Bernard terms it "an Icarian art.