[ ben-zal-duh-hahyd ]

  1. a colorless or yellowish, water-soluble, volatile oil, C7H6O, having a bitter, almondlike odor, used chiefly in the organic synthesis of dyes, perfumes, and flavors, and as a solvent; artificial oil of bitter almond.

Origin of benzaldehyde

From German, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at benz-, aldehyde
  • Also called benzoic aldehyde.

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British Dictionary definitions for benzaldehyde


/ (bɛnˈzældɪˌhaɪd) /

  1. a yellowish fragrant volatile oil occurring in almond kernels and used in the manufacture of dyes, perfumes, and flavourings and as a solvent for oils and resins. Formula: C 6 H 5 CHO: Systematic name: benzenecarbaldehyde

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Scientific definitions for benzaldehyde


[ bĕn-zăldə-hīd′ ]

  1. A colorless aromatic oil that smells like almonds. It is obtained naturally from certain nuts and plant leaves, or made synthetically. It is used in perfumes and as a solvent and flavoring. Chemical formula: C7H6O.

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