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Which word below refers to the idea that a substance, an animal, or a plant has a specific quality that’s perceptible to our olfactory senses?

A. Aroma

B. Odor

C. Scent

D. Smell

C.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, although scent, smell, odor and aroma are often used interchangeably, those four words mean slightly different things.  Scent applies to the specific smell given off by a substance, an animal, or a plant. (As in: this cabernet franc has the scent of violets).  Smell implies solely the sensation without suggestion of quality or character. (As in: a unique smell wafted out of the glass). Odor may imply a stronger or more readily distinguished scent or it may be equivalent to smell. (A wine with a strong odor). Aroma suggests a somewhat penetrating, usually pleasant odor. (The aroma of zinfandel just beginning to ferment).

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