anacardic acid

an·​a·​car·​dic acid | \ ¦anə¦kärdik- \

Definition of anacardic acid

: a brown crystalline vesicant phenolic acid found as the principal constituent of cashew nutshell liquid, held to consist of a mixture of unsaturated derivatives of salicylic acid, and converted to cardanol by decarboxylation

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First Known Use of anacardic acid

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anacardic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary anacardic (from New Latin Anacardium + International Scientific Vocabulary -ic) + acid; originally formed as German anakardsäure

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“Anacardic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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