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

  • n. The univalent organic radical, C5H11, occurring in many organic compounds in eight isomeric forms. Also called pentyl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. pentyl
  • adj. Of or pertaining to starch

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A univalent hydrocarbon radical, C5H11, of the paraffine series found in amyl alcohol or fusel oil, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Starch; fine flour.
  • n. A hypothetical radical (C5H11) believed to exist in many compounds, as amylic alcohol, etc.

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

  • n. a hydrocarbon radical that occurs in many organic compounds


Latin am(ylum), starch + -yl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin amylum ("starch") + -yl. Compare with amidin. (Wiktionary)


  • However, esters formed from other pentanol isomers amyl alcohols, or mixtures of pentanols, are often referred to as amyl acetate.

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  • The alcohols must either be mixed with relatively expensive substances (such as amyl nitrate) to promote combustion or aspirated into the diesel fuel through a special device in the air intake.

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  • Ask your doctor if you are not sure if any of your medications contain nitrates or you use street drugs containing nitrates such as amyl nitrate and butyl nitrate ( 'poppers') while taking vardenafil.

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  • Some recreational drugs also contain nitrates, such as amyl nitrite and butyl nitrite.


  • Deponit, Transderm-Nitro, others), isosorbide dinitrate (Dilatrate-SR, Isordil, Sorbitrate), isosorbide mononitrate (Imdur, ISMO, Monoket), and others; nitrates are also found in some recreational drugs such as amyl nitrate or nitrite

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  • The result plays up a unique note of amyl alcohol found in good grappas, pisco and rhum agricole.

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  • The collaborative duo Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson have made art out of bombarding coloured tulips with lit matches and jointly imbibing the drug amyl nitrate.

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  • Beyond the white picket fences of American suburbia lies a seamy underbelly where a psychopathic rapist inhales amyl nitrate and makes his friends lip-sync Roy Orbison and bring him Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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