volatile oil

volatile oil

noun
a distilled oil, especially one obtained from plant tissue, as distinguished from glyceride oils by their volatility and failure to saponify.

Origin:
1790–1800

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volatile oil
 
n
another name for essential oil

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volatile oil n.
A rapidly evaporating oil of plant derivation, especially an essential oil, that is capable of distillation and that does not leave a stain. Also called ethereal oil.

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