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  • n. ethylene

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Olefiant gas or ethylene; -- so called by Berzelius from its forming an oil combining with chlorine. [Written also elayle.] See ethylene.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek ἔλαιον (elaion, "olive oil, oil") +‎ -yl. So called by Berzelius from its forming an oil combining with chlorine. (Wiktionary)

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