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acrylic

[uh-kril-ik] /əˈkrɪl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or derived from acrylic acid.
noun
4.
a paint, prepared especially for artists, in which an acrylic resin serves as a vehicle.
5.
a painting done with this type of paint:
She sold several acrylics during the show.
Origin of acrylic
1855-1860
1855-60; acr(olein) + -yl + -ic
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acrylic

/əˈkrɪlɪk/
adjective
1.
of, derived from, or concerned with acrylic acid
noun
3.
a paint or colour containing acrylic resin
Word Origin
C20: from acrolein + -yl + -ic
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Word Origin and History for acrylic
adj.

1855, "of or containing acryl," name of a radical from acrolein (1843), the name of a liquid in onions and garlic that makes eyes tear, from Latin acer "sharp" (see acrid) + olere "to smell" (see odor) + -in (see -ine (2)). With adjectival suffix + -ic. Modern senses often short for acrylic fiber, acrylic resin, etc.

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acrylic
  (ə-krĭl'ĭk)   
  1. An acrylic resin.

  2. A paint containing acrylic resin.

  3. An acrylic fiber.


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