from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white crystalline acid, C6H4(OH)(COOH), used in making aspirin, as a preservative, and in the external treatment of skin conditions such as eczema.
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- n. A white crystalline organic acid, 2-hydroxybenzoic acid, C6H4(OH)(COOH), used in the production of aspirin and other industrial chemicals.
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- n. a white crystalline substance with a bitter aftertaste; used as a fungicide or in making aspirin or dyes or perfumes
From French salicyle, the radical of salicylic acid, from salicine, salicin; see salicin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Salix (the willow), from whose bark it can be obtained. (Wiktionary)