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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various unstable acids of the form ROC(S)SH, in which R is usually an alkyl radical.

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  • n. any of a class of organic sulphur-containing acids of general formula ROCS2H

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a heavy, astringent, colorless oil, C2H5O.CS.SH, having a pungent odor. It is produced by leading carbon disulphide into a hot alcoholic solution of potassium hydroxide. So called from the yellow color of many of its salts. Called also xanthogenic acid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of a class of unstable organic acids containing sulphur

Etymologies

From the yellow color of its salts.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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