American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fragrant crystalline compound, C9H6O2, extracted from several plants, such as tonka beans and sweet clover, or produced synthetically and widely used in perfumes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vegetable proximate principle (C9H9O2) obtained from the Dipteryx (Coumarouna) odorata or Tonka bean, and also occurring in melilot and some other plants, to which it gives its characteristic odor. It has been used in medicine, and it gives flavor to the Swiss cheese called
schabzieger. Also spelled cumarin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) The concrete essence of the tonka bean, the fruit of Dipterix (formerly Coumarouna) odorata and consisting essentially of coumarin proper, which is a white crystalline substance, C9H6O2, of vanilla-like odor, regarded as an anhydride of coumaric acid, and used in flavoring. Coumarin in also made artificially.
- French coumarine, from coumarou, tonka bean tree, from Spanish coumarú, from Portuguese cumaru, from Tupi cumarú, commaru. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The aromatic compound in bison grass is called coumarin.”
“Cassia has a chemical called coumarin which could be toxic.”
“Professor Link isolated the hemorrhaging agent, an anticoagulant called coumarin, in spoiled sweet clover hay.”
“Dr. Hockman isolated a substance called coumarin from the leaves of gliricidia.”
“A principle called coumarin exists abundantly in the flowers of the melilotus, and it possesses an odor which is attributed to the presence of benzoic acid.”
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“The flowers contain "coumarin," and their volatile pollen impregnates the atmosphere in early summer.”
“The agreeable odour of this sweet Woodruffe is due to a chemical principle named "coumarin," which powerfully affects the brain; and the plant further contains citric, malic, and rubichloric acids, together with some tannic acid.”
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“Zu, produced in conjunction with Rémy Cointreau, is available without coumarin.”
“In America your options for true Zubrówka are limited: FDA regulations ban the use of the naturally occurring chemical compound coumarin in foods.”
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