[ fahr-nuh-sawl, -sol ]
/ ˈfɑr nəˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl /

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, unsaturated, liquid alcohol, C15H26O, having a slight floral odor, extracted from the flowers of the acacia, cassia oil, or the like: used in perfumery.

Origin of farnesol

1900–05; < New Latin (Acacia) farnes(iana) Farnese acacia (named after Cardinal O. Farnese, 17th-century Italian) + -ol1
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British Dictionary definitions for farnesol

/ (ˈfɑːnɪˌsɒl) /


a colourless aromatic sesquiterpene alcohol found in many essential oils and used in the form of its derivatives in perfumery; 3,7,11-trimethyl-2,6,10-dodecatrienol. Formula: C 15 H 26 O

Word Origin for farnesol

C20: from New Latin (Acacia) farnesiāna; named after Odoardo Farnese, C17 Italian cardinal
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