Definition of orcinol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrsəˌnäl/ Pronunciation: /-ˌnôl/


A crystalline compound extracted from certain lichens and used to make dyes.
  • Alternative name: 2-hydroxyphenylmethanol; chemical formula: C7H8O2.
Example sentences
  • Orcinol may react with oxidising materials.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin orcina, from Italian orcello 'orchil'.

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Syllabification: or·ci·nol

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