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Meaning of NAPHTHALENE

Pronunciation:  'nafthu`leen

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a white crystalline strong-smelling hydrocarbon made from coal tar or petroleum and used in organic synthesis and as a fumigant in mothballs
 

NAPHTHALENE is a 11 letter word that starts with N.

 

 See Also: camphor ball, coal tar, hydrocarbon, mothball

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Naph"tha*lene\, n. (Chem.)
A white crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon, {C10H8}, analogous
to benzene, and obtained by the distillation of certain
bituminous materials, such as the heavy oil of coal tar. It
is the type and basis of a large number of derivatives among
organic compounds. Formerly called also {naphthaline}.

{Naphthalene red} (Chem.), a dyestuff obtained from certain
   diazo derivatives of naphthylamine, and called also
   {magdala red}.

{Naphthalene yellow} (Chem.), a yellow dyestuff obtained from
   certain nitro derivatives of naphthol.

 

 

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