Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resembling pearl; pearly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or resembling pearl.

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

  • adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, pearl; pearly.
  • adjective (Physiol. Chem.), (Chem.) A white, crystalline substance, C17H34O2 of the fatty acid series, intermediate between palmitic and stearic acids, and obtained from the wax of certain lichens, from cetyl cyanide, and other sources. Called also heptadecanoic acid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to pearl or pearls (rare except in designation of margaric acid).

Etymologies

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

[From Greek margaron, pearl; see margarine.]

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From French margarique (in acide margarique), ultimately from Ancient Greek μάργαρον ("pearl").

Examples

  • Mège-Mouriès used an acid called margaric to make margarine.

    Trans Fats

  • Mège-Mouriès used an acid called margaric to make margarine.

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  • Mège-Mouriès used an acid called margaric to make margarine.

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  • Comrades, we shall overthrow the government as true as there are fifteen intermediary acids between margaric acid and formic acid; however, that is a matter of perfect indifference to me.

    Les Miserables

  • To formulate his entry, Mège-Mouriez used margaric acid, a fatty acid component isolated in 1813 by Michael Chevreul and named because of the lustrous pearly drops that reminded him of the Greek word for pearl -- margarites.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • To formulate his entry, Mège-Mouriez used margaric acid, a fatty acid component isolated in 1813 by Michael Chevreul and named because of the lustrous pearly drops that reminded him of the Greek word for pearl -- margarites.

    Fooling Around with Fatty Acids

  • From these three acids-oleic, margaric, and stearic-the first, being liquid, was driven out by a sufficient pressure.

    The Mysterious Island

  • From these three acids-oleic, margaric, and stearic-the first, being liquid, was driven out by a sufficient pressure.

    The Mysterious Island

  • Medullic and margaric acids, which were formerly included in this series, have now been shown to consist of mixtures of stearic and palmitic, and stearic palmitic and oleic acids respectively.

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture

  • The acids separated from it are known by the names of margaric, stearic, and oleic acids.

    Elements of Agricultural Chemistry

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