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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.
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Origin of pelargonic acid

First recorded in 1855–60
Also called nonanoic acid.
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British Dictionary definitions for pelargonic acid

pelargonic acid

noun
  1. another name for nonanoic acid
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Word Origin for pelargonic acid

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