Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The liquid portion of volatile oils, as distinguished from the concrete or crystallizable portion, called stearoptene (which see). Also elaopten, oleoptene.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) The more liquid or volatile portion of certain oily substance, as distinguished from stearoptene, the more solid parts.

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  • noun chemistry The more liquid or volatile portion of certain oily substances, as distinguished from stearoptene, the more solid parts.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek ἔλαιον ("olive oil") + πτερόν ("wing").

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