plural -s
: any of three isomeric liquid aromatic hydrocarbons (CH3)2CHC6H4CH3; methyl-isopropyl-benzene
especially : the para isomer found in many essential oils (as pine oil and spruce turpentine), obtained as a by-product in the production of sulfite pulp, and made synthetically

Word History


French cymène, from Greek kyminon cumin + French -ène -ene

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“Cymene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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