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.
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)