benzoquinone

noun
ben·​zo·​qui·​none | \ ˌben-zō-kwi-ˈnōn How to pronounce benzoquinone (audio) , -ˈkwi-ˌnōn \

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Recent Examples on the Web Bombardier beetles spew irritating benzoquinones from their abdomens, and fire salamanders spray toxins from their glands over a foot away. National Geographic, "What’s the difference between a poisonous and venomous animal?," 7 Jan. 2020 To create their spray, the beetles combine hydrogen peroxide with hydroquinones, which explodes into an irritating spray of benzoquinone. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How Exploding Beetles Can Survive Being Eaten Alive," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of benzoquinone

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Benzoquinone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benzoquinone. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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benzoquinone

noun
ben·​zo·​qui·​none | \ ˌben-zō-kwin-ˈōn How to pronounce benzoquinone (audio) , -ˈkwin-ˌ How to pronounce benzoquinone (audio) \

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