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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A solid white fatty matter which crystallizes in pearly scales, and is obtained by distilling margaric acid with excess of lime.


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  • Chevreul named his pearly, lustrous acid after the Greek word for pearl, margaron.

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  • Greek: pearl; whence margarine

    June 18, 2008