tolan

[toh-lan]

Origin of tolan

variant of tolane. See toluene, -ane
Also called diphenylacetylene.
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Contemporary Examples of tolan

  • "Steve has a Broadway-caliber voice," says Tolan, who wrote musical theater in his distant past.

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    Joel Keller

    April 7, 2009

  • So when the pair decided to pitch  Rescue Me, they did things a little differently, says Tolan.

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    Denis Leary to the Rescue

    Joel Keller

    April 7, 2009

  • "But I do believe the 10th anniversary is the balsa-wood anniversary," retorts Tolan.

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    Denis Leary to the Rescue

    Joel Keller

    April 7, 2009

Historical Examples of tolan

  • One daughter, Mrs. Tolan, met a tragic death at the hands of an insane husband, in 1881.

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    William Henry Carman Folsom


British Dictionary definitions for tolan

tolan

tolane (ˈtəʊleɪn)

noun
  1. a white crystalline derivative of acetylene; diphenylacetylene; diphenylethyne. Formula: C 6 H 5 C:CC 6 H 5

Word Origin for tolan

C19: from tol (uene) + -an (see -ane)
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