American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- n. organic chemistry A fatty acid, CH3(CH2)8COOH, obtained from animal fats, and used in the manufacture of perfumes and flavours.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. a fatty acid found in animal oils and fats; has an unpleasant smell resembling goats
- From Latin caper, capr-, goat (from its smell). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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