amyl

noun
am·​yl | \ ˈa-məl How to pronounce amyl (audio) \

Definition of amyl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various isomeric alkyl radicals C5H11− derived from pentane
variants: or amylo-

Definition of amyl- (Entry 2 of 2)

: starch amyloplast

Examples of amyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Humans have also been found as able as dogs and rabbits at smelling the main odorant in bananas (amyl acetate), and are more sensitive to mice than at least one component odor of human blood. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "In Some Ways, Your Sense of Smell Is Actually Better Than a Dog’s," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of amyl

Noun

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amyl

Noun

Latin amylum + English -yl

Combining form

Latin amylum, from Greek amylon, from neuter of amylos unmilled (of grain), from a- + mylē mill — more at meal

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“Amyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amyl. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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amyl

noun
am·​yl | \ ˈam-əl How to pronounce amyl (audio) \

Medical Definition of amyl

: a univalent hydrocarbon radical C5H11 that occurs in various isomeric forms and is derived from pentane

called also pentyl

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