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anisole

[an-uh-sohl]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, water-insoluble liquid, C7H8O, having a pleasant, aromatic odor, used chiefly in perfumery and organic synthesis, and as a vermicide.
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Origin of anisole

First recorded in 1860–65; anise + -ole2
Also called methyl phenyl ether, methoxybenzene.
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Historical Examples

  • For diethyl ether see Ether, and for methyl phenyl ether (anisole) and ethyl phenyl ether (phenetole) see Carbolic Acid.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7

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British Dictionary definitions for anisole

anisole

noun
  1. a colourless pleasant-smelling liquid used as a solvent and vermicide and in perfume and flavouring. Formula: C 6 H 5 OCH 3; relative density: 0.996; melting pt: –37.5°C; boiling pt: 155°CAlso called: methoxybenzene
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Word Origin

C19: from anise + -ole 1
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