amyl acetate

noun

: a colorless liquid acetate C7H14O2 of amyl alcohol that has a pleasant fruity odor and is used especially as a solvent and in the manufacture of artificial fruit essences

called also banana oil

Examples of amyl acetate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 22 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of amyl acetate was in 1863

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“Amyl acetate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amyl%20acetate. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

amyl acetate

noun
am·​yl acetate
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Medical Definition

amyl acetate

noun
: a colorless liquid acetate C7H14O2 of amyl alcohol that has a pleasant fruity odor and is used as a solvent and in the manufacture of artificial fruit essences
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