pelargonic acid

noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, oily, water-immiscible liquid, C9H18O2, occurring as an ester in a volatile oil in species of pelargonium: used chiefly in organic synthesis and in the manufacture of lacquers and plastics.

Origin of pelargonic acid

First recorded in 1855–60
Also called nonanoic acid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pelargonic acid

pelargonic acid

  1. another name for nonanoic acid

Word Origin for pelargonic acid

C19: so named because it was originally derived from pelargonium leaves
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