Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting an acid, a colorless compound, C24H48O2, contained in beech-wood tar and in the saponification-products of earthnut-oil. It crystallizes in needles and melts at 80.5° C.
- adj. Of or pertaining to lignoceric acid or its derivatives
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid of the formic acid series, found in the tar, wax, or paraffine obtained by distilling certain kinds of wood, as the beech.
- From lign-, wood + ceric, waxy (Wiktionary)
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