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methyl salicylate

noun, Chemistry
a colorless, water-soluble liquid, C 8 H 8 O 3 , produced synthetically or by maceration and subsequent distillation from birch or gaultheria: used chiefly in perfumery and flavoring, and in medicine as a counterirritant in external preparations.
Also called sweet birch oil, wintergreen oil.
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1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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