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

  • adj. Of, relating to, containing, or derived from phenol.
  • n. Any of various synthetic thermosetting resins, obtained by the reaction of phenols with simple aldehydes and used to make molded products and as coatings and adhesives. Also called phenolic resin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to, or derived from a phenol.
  • n. A phenol compound.
  • n. Any thermosetting resin manufactured from phenols and aldehydes.
  • n. Any of a large group of pigments and flavouring agents, especially those found in grapes and wine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Derived from or related to phenol: as, phenolic ethers, of which anisol, C6H5(OCH3), is the simplest.
  • Analogous to phenol. A phenolic hydroxyl group is directly united with a carbon atom of the ring of a benzene nucleus, as it is in phenol, and not with a carbon atom of a side chain.

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

  • n. a thermosetting resin


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