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ethyl butyrate

noun, Chemistry.
a colorless, volatile, nontoxic liquid having the odor of pineapple, C 6 H 12 O 2 , used chiefly in flavoring extracts, and in the manufacture of perfumes and sprays.
Also called ethyl butanoate
[byoo-tan-oh-eyt, byoo-tan] /ˈbyu tæn oʊˌeɪt, byuˈtæn/ (Show IPA)
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  • Pineapple is ethyl butyrate—but the acid part of it (butyric acid) is what gives Limburger cheese its aroma.

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    Edwin E. Slosson

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