As nouns the difference between paraffin and quintessence
is that paraffin
is paraffin, alkane while quintessence
is a thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.
As a verb quintessence is
to reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.
(British) A petroleum based thin and colorless fuel oil, (kerosene in US English).
* 1919 ,
(chemistry) Any member of the alkane hydrocarbons.
- She poured paraffin on the dry floors and on the pandanus-mats, and then she set fire.
To impregnate or treat with paraffin
A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.
A pure substance.
The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form.
(alchemy) The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water
(physics) A hypothetical form of dark energy postulated to explain observations of an accelerating universe.
* See also
To reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.