Definitions

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

  • n. A yellowish resinous powder, C19H29COOH, isolated from rosin and used in lacquers, varnishes, and soaps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A yellowish resin acid isolated from rosin and used in varnishes and esters for plasticizers; C20H30O2.

Etymologies

From Latin abiēs, abiet-, silver fir.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin abiet, abies ("silver fir") + English ic ("having the character of"), + acid. (Wiktionary)

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