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

  • n. A fatty acid, CH3(CH2)10COOH, obtained chiefly from coconut and laurel oils and used in making soaps, cosmetics, esters, and lauryl alcohol.

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  • n. a fatty acid, CH3(CH2)10COOH, occurring in coconut, palm and laurel oil; mostly used in making cosmetics and soaps

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a white, crystalline substance, CH3.(CH2)10.COOH, resembling palmitic acid, and obtained from the fruit of the bay tree, and various other vegetable sources. The sodium salt (sodium lauryl sulfate) is used as a detergent.

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

  • n. a crystalline fatty acid occurring as glycerides in natural fats and oils (especially coconut oil and palm-kernel oil)


Latin laurus, laurel + -ic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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