[li-nal-oh-awl, -ol, lin-uh-lool]

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, unsaturated terpene liquid alcohol, C10H18O, having a fragrance similar to that of bergamot oil, obtained from several essential oils: used in perfumery.

Nearby words

  1. lina,
  2. linac,
  3. linacre,
  4. linacre, thomas,
  5. linage,
  6. linalyl acetate,
  7. linares,
  8. linaria,
  9. linarite,
  10. linch

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for linalool

  • Another compound of this group, linalool, is found in lavender, bergamot and many flowers.

    Creative Chemistry|Edwin E. Slosson

British Dictionary definitions for linalool


linalol (ˈlɪnəˌlɒl)


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

Word Origin for linalool

from lignaloes + -ol 1

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