pelargonic-acid

pelargonic acid

noun Chemistry.
a colorless, oily, water-immiscible liquid, C 9 H 1 8 O 2 , occurring as an ester in a volatile oil in species of pelargonium: used chiefly in organic synthesis and in the manufacture of lacquers and plastics.
Also called nonanoic acid.


Origin:
1855–60

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pelargonic acid (ˌpɛləˈɡɒnɪk)
 
n
another name for nonanoic acid
 
[C19: so named because it was originally derived from pelargonium leaves]

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