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 Perfide Albion! (French).Perfumed Terms of the Time. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Per’fume (2 syl.)
 
means simply “from smoke” (Latin, per fumum), the first perfumes having been obtained by the combustion of aromatic woods and gums. Their original use was in sacrifices, to counteract the offensive odours of the burning flesh.   1
 


 Perfide Albion! (French).Perfumed Terms of the Time. 

 
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