benzal chloride

  1. a colorless, oily liquid, C7H6Cl2, used chiefly in the synthesis of benzaldehyde, and in the manufacture of dyes.

Origin of benzal chloride

First recorded in 1875–80
  • Also called benzyl dichloride, benzylidene chloride.

Words Nearby benzal chloride Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use benzal chloride in a sentence

  • The first of these is benzyl chloride, the second benzal chloride, and the third benzotrichloride or phenyl chloroform.

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