anacardic acid


an·​a·​car·​dic 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anacardic acid was in 1848

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“Anacardic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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