amyl

noun
am·yl | \ˈa-məl \

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

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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

noun
am·yl | \ˈam-əl \

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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