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farnesol

[ fahr-nuh-sawl, -sol ]

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, unsaturated, liquid alcohol, C 15 H 26 O, having a slight floral odor, extracted from the flowers of the acacia, cassia oil, or the like: used in perfumery.


farnesol

/ ˈfɑːnɪˌsɒl /

noun

  1. 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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of farnesol1

1900–05; < New Latin ( Acacia ) farnes ( iana ) Farnese acacia (named after Cardinal O. Farnese, 17th-century Italian ) + -ol 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of farnesol1

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

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