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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Designating a complex ether, C.(OC2H5)4, which is obtained as a liquid of a pleasant ethereal odor by means of chlorpicrin, and is believed to be a derivative of the hypothetical normal carbonic acid, C.(OH)4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Designating a variety of carbonic acid, C(OH)4, which contains the maximum number of hydroxyl-groups. It does not exist in the free state.


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