Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crystalline substance, C6H7(OH)5, derived from acorns, which resembles the sugars in that it is sweet and optically active, but does not ferment with yeast or reduce metallic salts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A white crystalline substance, C6H7(OH)5, found in acorns, the fruit of the oak (Quercus). It has a sweet taste, and is regarded as a pentacid alcohol.
- Latin quercus, "oak". (Wiktionary)
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