The french verb fumer has several meanings: it can mean to smoke cigarettes, to give off smoke, to spread manure, to kill someone or to give off fumes. It is from this versatile verb that we get our word of the day, fumet. 

Fumet does not refer to cigarettes, manure or murder, but the more pleasant meaning of giving off fumes. The word “fumet” translates literally to aroma, and refers to a reduced stock used to add flavor to sauces or certain dishes. Although fumet originally referred specifically to the scent of meat cooking, a classic fumet is typically made from fish bones or mushrooms. 

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