from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The univalent hexadecyl radical C16H33- present in many waxes
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A radical, C16H33, not yet isolated, but supposed to exist in a series of compounds homologous with the ethyl compounds, and derived from spermaceti.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An alcoholic radical (C16H33) supposed to exist in a series of compounds obtained from spermaceti and beeswax.
Ancient Greek whale + -yl. (Wiktionary)