cymene

cymene

[sahy-meen]
noun
a colorless, pleasant-smelling benzene derivative, C 10 H 14 , occurring in the volatile oil of the common cumin, Cuminum cyminum, and existing in three forms, the ortho, meta, and para isomers.
Compare para-cymene.


Origin:
1860–65; < Greek kým(īnon) cumin + -ene

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cymene (ˈsaɪmiːn)
 
n
a colourless insoluble liquid with an aromatic odour that exists in three isomeric forms; methylpropylbenzene: used as solvents and for making synthetic resins. The para- isomer is present in several essential oils. Formula: CH3C6H4CH(CH3)2
 
[C19: cym- from Greek kuminoncumin + -ene]

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