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carbolic

[kahr-bol-ik]
adjective
  1. of or derived from carbolic acid.
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Origin of carbolic

1860–65; carbol- (carb- + -ol2) + -ic
Related formsnon·car·bol·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for carbolic

Historical Examples

  • All flesh is the same to it—unless saturated with carbolic acid.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 16, July 16, 1870

    Various

  • There were no carpets on the floors and the house had a slight smell of carbolic.

  • He can also tell if it is phosphorus or carbolic acid, by the smell.

  • Add a tablespoonful of carbolic acid to the gallon while hot.

    Taxidermy

    Leon Luther Pray

  • Remember that carbolic acid is not an acid, and is not antidoted with alkalines.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler


Word Origin and History for carbolic

adj.

1836, from carb-, comb. form of carbon + -ol "oil" + -ic.

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