from The Century Dictionary.
- Noting an acid, a colorless compound, , contained, in combination, in croton and certain other oils. It crystallizes in triclinic plates or rods, has an odor of benzoic acid, molts at 64.5° C, and boils at 198.5° C. Also called
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, an acid, C4H7CO2H (called also
methyl crotonic acid), homologous with crotonic acid, and obtained from croton oil (from Croton Tiglium) as a white crystalline substance.
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The oil contains geraniol and citronellol, both free, and combined with tiglic, valeric, butyric, and acetic acids; also l-menthone.