American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of eight isomers of the alcohol composition C5H11OH, one of which is the principal constituent of fusel oil.
- n. organic chemistry Any of the isomers of pentanol, C5H11OH; the principal constituent of fusel oil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Org. Chem.) Any of eight isomeric liquid alcohols (C5H11.OH), transparent, colorless liquids. It is the hydroxide of amyl. Also called
amylic alcohol. The amyl alcoholobtained from fusel oil is mostly isoamyl alcohol (3-methyl-1-butanol or 1-hydroxy-3-methylbutane), with some sec-amyl alcohol (2-methyl-1-butanol or 2-pentanol), and has a characteristic peculiar odor. Other than n-amyl alcohol (also called 1-pentanol) the other isomeric pentanols are not usually refered to as amyl alcohol. The amyl alcoholmixture in fusel oil forms a colorless liquid with a peculiar cough-exciting odor and burning taste. It is used as a source of amyl compounds, such as amyl acetate, amyl nitrite, etc.
- n. a mixture of 2 or more isomeric alcohols; used as a solvent and in organic synthesis
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