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cymene

[sahy-meen] /ˈsaɪ min/
noun
1.
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
1860-1865
1860-65; < Greek kým(īnon) cumin + -ene
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cymene

/ˈsaɪmiːn/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C19: cym- from Greek kuminoncumin + -ene
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