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eugenol

Syllabification: eu·ge·nol
Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞ojəˌnôl, -ˌnäl
 
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Definition of eugenol in English:

noun

Chemistry
A colorless or pale yellow liquid compound present in oil of cloves and other essential oils and used in perfumery.
Example sentences
  • The taste is acid but sweet, with an unusual aromatic quality partly due to eugenol, an essential oil found also in cloves.
  • The aromatic chemical in clove called eugenol anesthetizes pain and kills bacteria.
  • Linalool is responsible for the light floral character; eugenol, the clove; and methyl chavicol, the anise.

Origin

late 19th century: from Eugenia (genus name of the tree from which oil of cloves is obtained, named in honor of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736)) + -ol.

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