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maltol

[ mawl-tawl, -tol ]
/ ˈmɔl tɔl, -tɒl /
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noun Chemistry.

a crystalline compound, C6H6O3, obtained from larch bark, pine needles, chicory, or roasted malt, used for enhancing flavors and aromas, as in foods, wines, and perfumes.

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Also called larixinic acid.

Origin of maltol

First recorded in 1890–95; malt + -ol1
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