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[li-nal-oh-awl, -ol, lin-uh-lool]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, unsaturated terpene liquid alcohol, C10H18O, having a fragrance similar to that of bergamot oil, obtained from several essential oils: used in perfumery.
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Also lin·a·lol [lin-uh-lawl, -lol] /ˈlɪn əˌlɔl, -ˌlɒl/.

Origin of linalool

1890–95; < Mexican Spanish lináloe a fragrant Mexican wood (see lignaloes) + -ol1
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Examples from the Web for linalol

Historical Examples

  • This oil consists mainly of linalol, together with small quantities of methyl heptenone, geraniol, and d-terpineol.

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture

    W. H. Simmons

  • Linalyl acetate, or artificial bergamot oil, is the ester formed when linalol is treated with acetic anhydride.

British Dictionary definitions for linalol


linalol (ˈlɪnəˌlɒl)

  1. an optically active colourless fragrant liquid found in many essential oils and used in perfumery. Formula: C 10 H 18 O
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Word Origin

from lignaloes + -ol 1
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