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abietic acid

[ab-ee-et-ik, ab-] /ˈæb iˈɛt ɪk, ˌæb-/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a yellow, crystalline, water-insoluble acid, C 20 H 30 O 2 , obtained from the resin of a species of pine: used chiefly in driers, varnishes, and soaps.
Also called sylvic acid.
Origin of abietic acid
1860-1865
1860-65; < Latin abiet- (stem of abiēs) fir + -ic
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abietic acid

/ˌæbɪˈɛtɪk/
noun
1.
a yellowish powder occurring naturally as a constituent of rosin and used in lacquers, varnishes, and soap. Formula: C19H29COOH; melting pt: 173°C
Word Origin
C19: abietic, from Latin abiēt-, from abiēs silver fir (the acid originally being extracted from the resin)
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