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cymene

[ sahy-meen ]
/ ˈsaɪ min /
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noun
a colorless, pleasant-smelling benzene derivative, C10H14, occurring in the volatile oil of the common cumin, Cuminum cyminum, and existing in three forms, the ortho, meta, and para isomers.
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Origin of cymene

1860–65; <Greek kým(īnon) cumin + -ene
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British Dictionary definitions for cymene

cymene
/ (ˈsaɪmiːn) /

noun
a colourless insoluble liquid with an aromatic odour that exists in three isomeric forms; methylpropylbenzene: used as solvents and for making synthetic resins. The para- isomer is present in several essential oils. Formula: CH 3 C 6 H 4 CH(CH 3) 2

Word Origin for cymene

C19: cym- from Greek kuminon cumin + -ene
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