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- n. ethylene
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- n. Olefiant gas or ethylene; -- so called by Berzelius from its forming an oil combining with chlorine. [Written also elayle.] See ethylene.
Ancient Greek ἔλαιον (elaion, "olive oil, oil") + -yl. So called by Berzelius from its forming an oil combining with chlorine. (Wiktionary)
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