banana-oil

banana oil

noun
1.
a sweet-smelling liquid ester, C 7 H 14 O 2 , a mixture of isomers derived from amyl alcohol and having the characteristic odor of bananas: used chiefly as a paint solvent and in artificial fruit flavors; amyl acetate.
2.
Slang. insincere talk; nonsense.

Origin:
1925–30

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banana oil
 
n
1.  a solution of cellulose nitrate in pentyl acetate or a similar solvent, which has a banana-like smell
2.  a nontechnical name for pentyl acetate

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