from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An organic radical (C8H17) not existing in the free state, but found in a number of compounds.
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Hagen, who brings forward references on this point (_Sexuelle Osphrésiologie_, pp. 75-83), considers that the body odors are normally and naturally repulsive because they are closely associated with the capryl group of odors, which are those of many of the excretions.
With ambergris, musk is the chief member of Linnæus's group of _Odores ambrosiacæ_, a group which in sexual significances, as Zwaardemaker remarks, ranks besides the capryl group of odors.
Caproic and capryl acid are contained not only in the odor of the goat and in human sweat, and in animal products as many cheeses, but also in various plants, such as Herb Robert (_Geranium robertianum_), and the St.nking St. John's worts (_Hypericum hircinum_), as well as the
Valerianaceous odors (Linnæus's _Odores hircini_, the capryl group, largely composed of sexual odors).
The capryl-ethers lately discovered by Bouis are remarkable for their aromatic smells (the acetate of capryloxide is possessed of the most intense and pleasant smell), and they promise a large harvest to the manufacturers of perfumes.