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

  • n. An aromatic white crystalline acid, C6H5COOH, used to season tobacco and in perfumes, dentifrices, and germicides.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A white crystalline organic acid, C6H5COOH; the simplest aromatic carboxylic acid; used as a food preservative and in many other industrial applications.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a peculiar vegetable acid, C6H5.CO2H, obtained from benzoin, and some other balsams, by sublimation or decoction. It is also found in the urine of infants and herbivorous animals. It crystallizes in the form of white, satiny flakes; its odor is aromatic; its taste is pungent, and somewhat acidulous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a white crystalline solid occurring in many resins

Etymologies

From benzoin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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