1855–60; acr(olein) + -yl + -ic Unabridged
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acrylic (əˈkrɪlɪk)
1.  of, derived from, or concerned with acrylic acid
2.  acrylic fibre short for acrylic resin
3.  a paint or colour containing acrylic resin
[C20: from acrolein + -yl + -ic]

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Word Origin & History

1855, "of or containing acryl," a substance derived from garlic and onion, from acrolein, from L. acer "sharp" (see acrid) + olere "to smell" (see odor). Modern senses often short for acrylic fiber, resin, etc.
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Science Dictionary
acrylic   (ə-krĭl'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. An acrylic resin.

  2. A paint containing acrylic resin.

  3. An acrylic fiber.

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Example sentences
It involves giant acrylic polyhedrons that utter recorded words when visitors
  touch their various sides.
Thicker acrylic paint is also allowed now, on the pretext that it is
We sat down in the cool theater with tubs of popcorn and stared through panels
  of clear acrylic at an underwater kingdom.
Each of the canvases are painted with sponge mop in a brightly-colored acrylic
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