Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix An alcohol or a phenol: glycerol.
  • suffix Variant of -ole.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix An alcohol or phenol.
  • suffix Indicating an oily substance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suffix A suffix denoting that the substance in the name of which it appears belongs to the series of alcohols or hydroxyl derivatives, Such compounds contain the hydroxy radical (-OH).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abbreviation of Olympiad.
  • n. In chem., a termination somewhat loosely used for various compounds, denoting ‘oil’ or ‘alcohol.’
  • n. An abbreviation of the Latin oleum, oil;
  • n. of overlimen.

Etymologies

From (alcoh)ol.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened from alcohol. (Wiktionary)
From Latin oleum ("oil, olive oil"), from Ancient Greek ἔλαιον (elaion, "olive oil") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Simple sugars those ending in -ose, like sucrose, glucose, maltose, and fructose or sugar alcohols that end in -ol

    You Staying Young

  • Lemon Balm Lemon or bee balm is an Old World species, Melissa officinalis, distinguished by its mixture of citrusy and floral terpenes citronellal and -ol, citral, geraniol.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

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