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maltol

[mawl-tawl, -tol]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. a crystalline compound, C6H6O3, obtained from larch bark, pine needles, chicory, or roasted malt, used for enhancing flavors and aromas, as in foods, wines, and perfumes.
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Origin of maltol

First recorded in 1890–95; malt + -ol1
Also called larixinic acid.
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