anisyl alcohol

an·​i·​syl alcohol | \ ˈanəˌsil- \

Definition of anisyl alcohol

: a colorless liquid alcohol CH3OC6H4CH2OH having an odor like hawthorn and used in perfumery; para-methoxy-benzyl alcohol

called also anise alcohol

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First Known Use of anisyl alcohol

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anisyl alcohol

International Scientific Vocabulary anis- entry 2 + -yl

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The first known use of anisyl alcohol was circa 1864

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“Anisyl alcohol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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