Definitions

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

  • n. A fatty acid, C15H31COOH, occurring in many natural oils and fats and used in making soaps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the most common saturated fatty acids; it is found in all animal and most vegetable oils and fats; it is used in the manufacture of soap etc.
  • n. hexadecanoic acid, CH3(CH2)14COOH

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

  • n. a saturated fatty acid that is the major fat in meat and dairy products

Etymologies

French palmitique, from palmite, pith of the palm tree; see palmitin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French palmiteĀ ("pith of the palm tree") + -ic. (Wiktionary)

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