the taste of orange-flower water?

Category: Things | Type: Historical | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter XXIII

While not exotic, orange-flower water has no conceivable place in the conversation and indicates the distracted, associative state of Mrs. Pocket's mind. As the name indicates, the chief ingredient is the citrus blossom flower. The OED gives "an aqueous solution of orange flowers; the fragrant watery distillate left over in the preparation of neroli oil and used for culinary purposes and in perfumery." 

Anyone who has been in an orange grove when the trees are blooming will know that the aroma is paradisal. 

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