esprits recteurs huileux et fugaces

17:48 Jul 4, 2018
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French to English translations [PRO]
Science - Science (general) / perfume
French term or phrase: esprits recteurs huileux et fugaces
A description of a category of perfume smells:

Odeurs ou esprits recteurs huileux et fugaces, insolubles dans l'eau mais se liant facilement aux graisses.

my translation:

Odors and fleeting oily spirits, insoluble in water but easily binding to fats.

Any advice would be great!

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5 -1aromatic essences // aromatic compounds

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esprits recteurs
aromatic essences // aromatic compounds

the term you need is ONLY "esprit recteurs"

some of them are "huileux et fugaces" BUT NOT ALL - there are no reasons to glue all these words together in one term.

Prononciation : rè-kteur, ktri-s'
Qui dirige.
Ancien terme de chimie. Esprits recteurs, les corps que l'on considérait comme le principe et la source de l'odeur dans toutes les substances odorantes. Esprit recteur de lavande.

What is used in aromatherapy is not "spirits" but "essential oils", containing aromatic compounds.


Note added at 4 days (2018-07-09 04:48:39 GMT)

"huileux" and "fugaces" are two more separate/distinct terms used here for characterizing some essential oils, and again there are outdated, so contemporary dictionaries are misleading.

Note added at 4 days (2018-07-09 04:49:03 GMT)

and again they are outdated

Note added at 4 days (2018-07-09 06:39:01 GMT)

"fugaces" here means "not lasting" i.e. evaporate quickly = volatile

want do you mean by "to respect the French text"? you want to use corresponding outdated English terms? What would be the point? Is this part of the script for a period drama that is supposed to sound "authentic"?

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Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks for your comment "some of them are "huileux et fugaces" BUT NOT ALL - there are no reasons to glue all these words together in one term." >> but I want to try to respect the French text, even if the English translation is a little clumsy.

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disagree  GILOU: traduction de essences aromatiques
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