from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless, mobile, oily aldehyde, CCl3CHO, a penetrating lung irritant, used to manufacture DDT and chloral hydrate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A colourless narcotic liquid, trichloroacetaldehyde, CCl3CHO, obtained at first by the action of chlorine on alcohol and that, when treated with water, produces chloral hydrate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A colorless oily liquid, CCl3.CHO, of a pungent odor and harsh taste, obtained by the action of chlorine upon ordinary or ethyl alcohol.
- n. Chloral hydrate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A colorless mobile liquid (CCl3.CHO), having an agreeable pungent smell and biting taste, first prepared by Liebig from chlorin and alcohol, afterward by Städeler by the action of chlorin on starch.
chlor(ine) + al(cohol).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Contracted from chlor(ine) and al(cohol) (Wiktionary)