Definitions

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

  • noun A white crystalline aromatic compound, C10H8, derived from coal tar or petroleum and used in manufacturing dyes, moth repellents, and explosives and as a solvent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A benzene hydrocarbon (C10H8) usually prepared from coal-tar.

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

  • noun (Chem.) A white crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon, C10H8, analogous to benzene, and obtained by the distillation of certain bituminous materials, such as the heavy oil of coal tar. It is the type and basis of a large number of derivatives among organic compounds. Formerly called also naphthaline.
  • noun (Chem.) a dyestuff obtained from certain diazo derivatives of naphthylamine, and called also magdala red.
  • noun (Chem.) a yellow dyestuff obtained from certain nitro derivatives of naphthol.

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

  • noun A white crystalline hydrocarbon manufactured from coal tar; used in mothballs.
  • noun organic chemistry An aromatic bicyclic hydrocarbon, C10H8; an acene containing two fused benzene rings.

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

  • noun a white crystalline strong-smelling hydrocarbon made from coal tar or petroleum and used in organic synthesis and as a fumigant in mothballs

Etymologies

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

[naphth(a) + al(cohol) + –ene.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From naphtha + -ene.

Examples

  • Also find rubber tube, gas handle, the key, and naphthalene from the suit pocket.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • They detected a PAH called naphthalene - which was found in traditional mothballs and is now banned - in 16 of the 17 meat samples, ranging from 0.15 to 0.27 ug/m

    Cancer Research UK - RSS Feed

  • Naphthalene 1,2-dioxygenase 1.14.12.12 1 Nomenclature EC number 1.14.12.12 Systematic name naphthalene, NADH: oxygen oxidoreductase (1,2-hydroxylating) Recommended name naphthalene

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows

  • There's still no information about other oil-related air toxic chemicals such as naphthalene or hydrogen sulfide, offshore.

    Monkeyfister

  • There's still no information about other oil-related air toxic chemicals such as naphthalene or hydrogen sulfide, offshore.

    Feminist Peace Network

  • The discovery that a special kind of naphthalene with a single extra proton is out in space is important to those studying interstellar regions for many reasons.

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • The soil has low levels of lead and semi-volatile chemicals, such as naphthalene, which also need to be addressed.

    Los Angeles Chronicle

  • The discovery that a special kind of naphthalene with a single extra proton is out in space is important to those studying interstellar regions for many reasons.

    innovations-report

  • The discovery that a special kind of naphthalene with a single extra proton is out in space is important to those studying interstellar regions for many reasons.

    Scientific Blogging

  • Mothballs/flakes contain either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene.

    Safer Alternatives

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • A gentleman

    whose jacket whiffs of naphthalene dines

    with dignity in the pub...

    - Peter Reading, Duos, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008