amyl ether


: any symmetrical ether (C5H11)2O derived from amyl alcohol
especially : a mixture of normal pentyl ether and isopentyl ether obtained as a by-product in the preparation of amyl alcohol (see amyl alcohol sense 2a) and used as a solvent

Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amyl ether was in 1840

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“Amyl ether.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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