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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A substance obtained from beeswax by treating the wax with boiling alcohol.

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  • It is a mixture of myricine, cerotic acid, and cerolein, the first of which is insoluble in boiling alcohol, the second is soluble in hot alcohol and crystallizes out on cooling, while the third remains dissolved in cold alcohol.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 443, June 28, 1884

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