Definition of eugenol in English:

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eugenol

Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞ojənôl/
/ˈyo͞ojənäl/

noun

Chemistry
A colorless or pale yellow liquid compound present in oil of cloves and other essential oils and used in perfumery.
  • Alternative name: 4-allyl-2-methoxyphenol; chemical formula: C10H12O2.
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.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: eu·ge·nol

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