Definitions

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

  • n. A liquid fatty acid, CH3(CH2)4COOH, found in animal fats and oils or synthesized and used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and flavorings.

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  • n. A liquid fatty acid, CH3(CH2)4COOH, obtained from animal fats, and used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and flavours.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.

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

  • n. a fatty acid found in animal oils and fats or made synthetically; smells like goats

Etymologies

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

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