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

  • n. Any of various alcohols derived from plant or animal oils and fats and used in plastics and pharmaceuticals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a group of long-chain aliphatic alcohols, found in nature esterified with fatty acids in the form of waxes.

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