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

  • n. A colorless, sweet-smelling, mobile liquid, C4H3OCHO, made from corncobs and used in the synthesis of furan, as a solvent for nitrocellulose, and as a fungicide and weed killer.

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  • n. A heterocyclic aldehyde derivative of furan; it is obtained commercially from bran, and has several industrial uses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See furfurol.

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

  • n. a liquid aldehyde with a penetrating odor; made from plant hulls and corncobs; used in making furan and as a solvent


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

furfur + -al3.

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From Latin furfur ("bran") + English -al.


  • Some agave syrups contain a contaminant called hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF, also called 5-hydroxymethyl furfural), an organic heat-formed compound that arises in the processing of fructose -- in both agave syrup and HFCS.

    Dr. Joseph Mercola: This Sweetener Is Far Worse Than High Fructose Corn Syrup

  • He crouched and opened a bottle of methyl furfural, a molecule that smells like caramel, with hints of leather and black cherry.

    This Opera Hasn't Even Opened,

  • Is it possible that all this furfural is really just an early "October Surprise", in the US electoral tradition that both Reagan and Bush II made such masterful use of?

    Wag the Dog

  • Quantitative analysis, by means of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, identified guaiacol, 4-methylguaiacol, 4-ethylguaiacol, 4-ethylphenol, eugenol, and furfural in each of the wines made from smoked grapes.

    When Smoke Gets in Your Grapes

  • Certainly there are other compounds in various alcoholic beverages that can contribute to its toxicity fusel oil, a mixture of higher alcohols and furfural, being my favorite, because it has such a cool name but your pointing a finger at a single compound and tying it to a particular food additive suggests both some degree of ignorance and some magnitude of agenda.


  • Formation of furfurylthiol exhibiting a strong coffee aroma during oak barrel fermentation from furfural released by toasted staves.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • FURFURYL ALCOHOL: This is an organic compound derived from furfural.

    Chapter 11

  • FORMALDEHYDE-UREA: The action of this compound is similar to that of furfural aniline.

    Chapter 11

  • FURFURAL-UREA AND PHENOL-FURFURAL: Stabilizers which have been tested alone or mixed with furfural aniline: disappointing results.

    Chapter 11

  • FURFURAL ANILINE: A resin formed from furfural and aniline, which is a cyclic amine derived from benzene, and is nowadays obtained from coal.

    Chapter 11


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