from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless crystalline hydrocarbon, C14H10, obtained by fractional distillation of coal-tar oils and used in dyes, drugs, and explosives.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tricyclic aromatic hydrocarbon obtained from coal tar; used in the manufacture of dyes, pharmaceuticals and explosives; it is isomeric with anthracene.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A complex hydrocarbon, C14H10, found in coal tar, and obtained as a white crystalline substance with a bluish fluorescence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crystalline hydrocar- bon, , found in coal-tar, and formed when various hydrocarbons are passed through red-hot tubes. Its solutions have a slight blue fluorescence. It melts at 99° C., but sublimes at a lower temperature.
phen(o)- + anthr(ac)ene.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From phen(o)- + anthr(ac)ene. (Wiktionary)