from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white crystalline compound, C10H8, derived from coal tar or petroleum and used in manufacturing dyes, moth repellents, and explosives and as a solvent. Also called tar camphor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A white crystalline hydrocarbon manufactured from coal tar; used in mothballs.
- n. An aromatic bicyclic hydrocarbon, C10H8; an acene containing two fused benzene rings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A white crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon, C10H8, analogous to benzene, and obtained by the distillation of certain bituminous materials, such as the heavy oil of coal tar. It is the type and basis of a large number of derivatives among organic compounds. Formerly called also naphthaline.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A benzene hydrocarbon (C10H8) usually prepared from coal-tar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a white crystalline strong-smelling hydrocarbon made from coal tar or petroleum and used in organic synthesis and as a fumigant in mothballs
naphth(a) + al(cohol) + -ene.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From naphtha + -ene. (Wiktionary)