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    fragrance, aroma and scent

    Dear teachers,

    What's the difference among "fragrance, aroma, and scent"?

    I think "aroma" refers to the pleasant smell of plants and foods.

    But how about "fragrance and scent"?

    Do they only refer to the sweet smell of flowers?
    Last edited by sjc55; 02-Jun-2009 at 13:51.

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    Re: fragrance, aroma and scent

    I think you're right about aroma. Fragrance tends to be associated with flowers or perfumes. Scent is more like a distinctive smell. It could be the smell of a flower or that of an animal.

    1a. A quality that can be perceived by the olfactory sense: the aroma of garlic and onions. See synonyms at smell. b. A pleasant characteristic odor, as of a plant, spice, or food: the aroma of roses. See synonyms at fragrance. 2. A distinctive, intangible quality; an aura: the aroma of success.
    1. The state or quality of having a pleasant odor. 2. A sweet or pleasant odor; a scent. 3. A substance, such as a perfume or cologne, designed to emit a pleasant odor.
    1. A distinctive, often agreeable odor. See synonyms at fragrance. , smell. 2. A perfume: an expensive French scent. 3. An odor left by the passing of an animal. 4. The trail of a hunted animal or fugitive. 5. The sense of smell: a bear's keen scent. 6. A hint of something imminent; a suggestion: caught the scent of a reconciliation.

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