from The Century Dictionary.
- Same as
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Chem.), obsolescent Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the castor-oil plant (
Ricinus communis, or Palma Christi) and other species of the family Euphorbiaceae; -- formerly used to designate an acid now called ricinoleicacid (d-12-hydroxyoleic acid, C18H34O3).
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The solid one is probably palmic acid, it fuses at exactly 140 degrees of Fahrenheit.
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