Definitions

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

  • n. A fatty acid, CH3(CH2)8COOH, obtained from animal fats and oils and used in the manufacture of perfumes and fruit flavors. Also called decanoic acid.

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  • n. A fatty acid, CH3(CH2)8COOH, obtained from animal fats, and used in the manufacture of perfumes and flavours.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. are fatty acids occurring in small quantities in butter, cocoanut oil, etc., united with glycerin; they are colorless oils, or white crystalline solids, of an unpleasant odor like that of goats or sweat.

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

  • n. a fatty acid found in animal oils and fats; has an unpleasant smell resembling goats

Etymologies

From Latin caper, capr-, goat (from its smell).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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