furfural

furfural

[fur-fyuh-ral, -fuh-]
noun
a colorless, oily liquid, C 5 H 4 O 2 , having an aromatic odor, obtained from bran, sugar, wood, corncobs, or the like, by distillation: used chiefly in the manufacture of plastics and as a solvent in the refining of lubricating oils.
Also called furfuraldehyde [fur-fyuh-ral-duh-hahyd, -fuh-] , pyromucic aldehyde.


Origin:
1875–80; < Latin furfur bran + -al3

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furfural   (fûr'fə-rāl')  Pronunciation Key 
A colorless, sweet-smelling, liquid made from corncobs and used as a solvent in petroleum refining and as a fungicide and weed killer. It turns reddish brown when exposed to air and light. Furfural is an aldehyde of furan. Chemical formula: C5H4O2.
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