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Bakelite

[bey-kuh-lahyt, beyk-lahyt] /ˈbeɪ kəˌlaɪt, ˈbeɪk laɪt/
Trademark.
1.
a brand name for any of a series of thermosetting plastics prepared by heating phenol or cresol with formaldehyde and ammonia under pressure: used for radio cabinets, telephone receivers, electric insulators, and molded plastic ware.
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Bakelite

/ˈbeɪkəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
trademark any one of a class of thermosetting resins used as electric insulators and for making plastic ware, telephone receivers, etc
Word Origin
C20: named after L. H. Baekeland (1863–1944), Belgian-born US inventor; see -ite1
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Word Origin and History for Bakelite

bakelite

n.

type of plastic widely used early 20c., 1909, from German Bakelit, named for Belgian-born U.S. physicist Leo Baekeland (1863-1944), who invented it. Originally a proprietary name, it is formed by the condensation of a phenol with an aldehyde.

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