One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or having the quality of empyreuma; tasting or smelling of charred organic matter.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Noah Biggs (fl. 1651), medical practitioner and social reformer. From post-classical Latin empyreumaticus from ancient Greek ἐμπυρευματ-, ἐμπύρευμα + classical Latin -icus.
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