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

  • n. A colorless liquid, C5H10O2, used in flavorings, perfumes, plasticizers, and pharmaceuticals.

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  • n. A short chain aliphatic carboxylic acid, CH3(CH2)3COOH, obtained from the roots of valerian; used in perfume, flavourings, pharmaceuticals

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

  • n. a clear liquid carboxylic acid used in perfumes and drugs


valer(ian) (from its occurrence in the plant's root) + -ic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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