[pel-ahr-gon-ik, -goh-nik, -er-]

adjective Chemistry.

of or derived from a pelargonium or pelargonic acid.

Origin of pelargonic

First recorded in 1855–60; pelargon(ium) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pelargonic

Historical Examples of pelargonic

  • The spirituous solution of pelargonic ether may also be profitably prepared from oleic acid, according to Gottlieb's method.

    The Art of Perfumery

    G. W. Septimus Piesse

  • It is promptly oxidized by nitric acid, and is converted into pelargonic acid and other fatty acids.