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

  • n. The portion of a natural essential oil that separates out as a white, crystalline solid on cooling or standing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The more solid ingredient of certain volatile oils, contrasted with elaeoptene.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The more solid ingredient of certain volatile oils; -- contrasted with elæoptene.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The solid crystalline substance separated from any volatile oil on long standing or at low temperatures. See elæoptene.

Etymologies

stear(ic) + Greek ptēnos, flying; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
stearic + -optene as in elaeoptene. (Wiktionary)

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