from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless liquid, C16H34, used as a solvent and in standardized hydrocarbons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The aliphatic hydrocarbon C16H34 (hexadecane) used as a standard for diesel fuel
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as hexadecane. C16-H34.
Latin cētus, whale (so called because it is found in sperm whale oil); see Cetus + -ane.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)