from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A yellow, water-soluble, gummy polysaccharide found in plant cell walls and yielding xylose upon hydrolysis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A polysaccharide, consisting of xylose residues, found in the cell walls of some algae and plants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gummy substance of the pentosan class, present in woody tissue, and yielding xylose on hydrolysis; wood gum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gelasinous, levorotatory compound, C5H8-O4(?), contained in all kinds of wood. With sulphuric acid it yields the sugar xylose; boiling mineral acids convert it chiefly into fur-furaldehyde. It is also called wood-gum.
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