from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
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- noun mineralogy A
mineral hydrocarbon, mainly octatriacontane, found in some coal seams
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This substance known to French chemists by the name “adipocire,” was first discovered by Sir Thomas Browne.
I would advise, therefore, that their bodies should be converted into adipocire, or spermaceti, to be made into candles, to be burnt at the tops of the lamp-posts; whereby those who never shone in life might scintillate as the lights of the public for a week or two after.
I am inclined to think that this, like many other things, was known before it was discovered; just as the preventive powers of the vaccine disease, the existence of adipocire in graves, and certain principles in grammar and in population, upon which bulky books have been written and great reputations raised in our days.