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  • n. Any of several isomeric monoterpene hydrocarbons found in the essential oil of cardamom, marjoram and other herbs

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A volatile liquid compound, C10H16, of cymolodor, contained in cardamom-oil and marjoram-oil.


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