coumarin

or cu·ma·rin

[koo-muh-rin]
noun
  1. a fragrant crystalline substance, C9H6O2, obtained from the tonka bean, sweet clover, and certain other plants or prepared synthetically, used chiefly in soaps and perfumery.

Origin of coumarin

1820–30; < French coumarine, equivalent to coumar(ou) tonka-bean tree (< Spanish cumarú < Portuguese < Tupi cumaru) + -ine -in2
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coumarin

cumarin

noun
  1. a white vanilla-scented crystalline ester, used in perfumes and flavourings and as an anticoagulant. Formula: C 9 H 6 O 2
Derived Formscoumaric or cumaric, adjective

Word Origin for coumarin

C19: from French coumarine, from coumarou tonka-bean tree, from Spanish cumarú, from Tupi
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coumarin

[kōōmər-ĭn]
  1. A fragrant crystalline compound extracted from several plants, such as tonka beans and sweet clover, or produced synthetically. Coumarin and its derivatives are widely used in perfumes, as anticoagulants, and as rodenticides. Chemical formula: C9H6O2.
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