an·​nu·​lene ˈan-yə-ˌlēn How to pronounce annulene (audio)
plural annulenes
: any of a class of completely conjugated cyclic hydrocarbons (such as benzene or cyclooctatetraene)
In 1991, a temperate rainforest near Puerto Montt in central Chile yielded a fungus that made annulene, a hydrocarbon that has a history going back to the first formulations of rocket fuel.Buzzy Gordon, Americas, 1 Nov. 2007
This class of annulenes, which have few hydrogens and are considered high-energy because of their numerous triple bonds, has also drawn attention as potential precursors to new carbon allotropes.Elizabeth Wilson, Chemical & Engineering News, 3 Mar. 1997

Note: Annulenes have the general chemical formula CnHn where n is an even number or CnHn + 1 if n is an odd number.

Word History


Latin annulus "ring" + -ene

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of annulene was in 1962

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“Annulene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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