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[pel-ahr-gon-ik, -goh-nik, -er-] /ˌpɛl ɑrˈgɒn ɪk, -ˈgoʊ nɪk, -ər-/
adjective, Chemistry.
of or derived from a pelargonium or pelargonic acid.
Origin of pelargonic
First recorded in 1855-60; pelargon(ium) + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is promptly oxidized by nitric acid, and is converted into pelargonic acid and other fatty acids.

  • The spirituous solution of pelargonic ether may also be profitably prepared from oleic acid, according to Gottlieb's method.

    The Art of Perfumery G. W. Septimus Piesse

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