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[fur-fyuh-ral, -fuh-]
  1. a colorless, oily liquid, C5H4O2, having an aromatic odor, obtained from bran, sugar, wood, corncobs, or the like, by distillation: used chiefly in the manufacture of plastics and as a solvent in the refining of lubricating oils.
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Origin of furfural

1875–80; < Latin furfur bran + -al3
Also called fur·fur·al·de·hyde [fur-fyuh-ral-duh-hahyd, -fuh-] /ˌfɜr fyəˈræl dəˌhaɪd, -fə-/, pyromucic aldehyde.
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Historical Examples of furfuraldehyde

  • After this period of time, further treating did not increase the amount of furfuraldehyde produced.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 821, Sep. 26, 1891


  • That portion of the carbohydrates known as pentosans gives rise to furfuraldehyde, one of the important components of caffeol.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

British Dictionary definitions for furfuraldehyde


  1. a colourless flammable soluble mobile liquid with a penetrating odour, present in oat and rice hulls; 2-furaldehyde: used as a solvent and in the manufacture of resins. Formula: C 5 H 4 O 2Also called: furfural
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furfuraldehyde in Science


  1. A colorless, sweet-smelling, liquid made from corncobs and used as a solvent in petroleum refining and as a fungicide and weed killer. It turns reddish brown when exposed to air and light. Furfural is an aldehyde of furan. Chemical formula: C5H4O2.
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