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[fur-fyuh-ral, -fuh-] /ˈfɜr fyəˌræl, -fə-/
a colorless, oily liquid, C 5 H 4 O 2 , having an aromatic odor, obtained from bran, sugar, wood, corncobs, or the like, by distillation: used chiefly in the manufacture of plastics and as a solvent in the refining of lubricating oils.
Also called furfuraldehyde
[fur-fyuh-ral-duh-hahyd, -fuh-] /ˌfɜr fyəˈræl dəˌhaɪd, -fə-/ (Show IPA),
pyromucic aldehyde.
Origin of furfural
1875-80; < Latin furfur bran + -al3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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a colourless flammable soluble mobile liquid with a penetrating odour, present in oat and rice hulls; 2-furaldehyde: used as a solvent and in the manufacture of resins. Formula: C5H4O2 Also called furfural
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furfuraldehyde in Science
A colorless, sweet-smelling, liquid made from corncobs and used as a solvent in petroleum refining and as a fungicide and weed killer. It turns reddish brown when exposed to air and light. Furfural is an aldehyde of furan. Chemical formula: C5H4O2.
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