abietic acid

ab·​i·​et·​ic acid | \ ¦abē¦etik- \

Definition of abietic acid

: a colorless crystalline tricyclic acid C19H29COOH with two double bonds that constitutes the major component of rosin, that is formed from certain other resin acids by heat and acid treatment, and that is used chiefly in making esters for plasticizers

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First Known Use of abietic acid

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abietic acid

borrowed from French (acide) abiétique, from abiet- (borrowed from Latin abiet-, abiēs “silver fir”) + -ique -ic entry 1

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“Abietic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abietic%20acid. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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