a yellow-white, crystalline, water-soluble solid that in its white hydrated form, AlCl3⋅6H2O, is used chiefly as a wood preservative and in its yellow-white anhydrous form, AlCl3, chiefly as a catalyst.
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Origin of aluminum chloride
First recorded in 1865–70
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