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: of, relating to, or being an organic compound (such as an alkane) having an open-chain structure — compare alicyclic, aromatic sense 2
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1882, in the meaning defined above
International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek aleiphat-, aleiphar oil, from aleiphein to smear; perhaps akin to Greek lipos fat — more at leave
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: of, relating to, or being an organic compound (as an alkane or alkene) having an open-chain structure — compare alicyclic, aromatic sense 2
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