Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous organic compounds, such as benzene and methane, that contain only carbon and hydrogen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A compound consisting only of carbon and hydrogen atoms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A compound containing only hydrogen and carbon, as methane, benzene, etc.; also, by extension, any of their derivatives.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A compound of hydrogen and carbon; the general name of any compound consisting of hydrogen and carbon alone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen

Etymologies

hydro- +‎ carbon (Wiktionary)

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