eu·​ge·​nol | \ ˈyü-jə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce eugenol (audio) , -ˌnōl \

Definition of eugenol

: a colorless aromatic liquid phenol C10H12O2 found especially in clove oil and used commercially in flavors and perfumes and in dentistry as an analgesic

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Recent Examples on the Web The bug-fighting power of clove comes from eugenol, clove’s active compound that acts as both an ant toxin and repellent (or substitute Bay West Indies essential oil which contains about 50% eugenol). Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make A DIY Ant-Killing Spray With Essential Oils," 16 Aug. 2017 The primary active compound in clove is eugenol, an essential oil that is responsible for the characteristic clove aroma and fragrance. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "So, what puts the 'spice' in your pumpkin spice latte? The four plants behind the craze," 3 Nov. 2017 These included eugenol (a chemical compound found in clove oil) and lignin, which is found in plants, wood pulp and even cow feces. Simran Sethi, Smithsonian, "The Bittersweet Story of Vanilla," 3 Apr. 2017 One of the easiest scents to identify, eugenol has long been held to be an aphrodisiac. Patrick Di Justo, WIRED, "What’s Inside Hugo Boss Cologne? Rat Valium, Mice Viagra," 10 Nov. 2009

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First Known Use of eugenol

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eugenol

International Scientific Vocabulary eugen-, from New Latin Eugenia, genus of tropical trees

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The first known use of eugenol was in 1886

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“Eugenol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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eu·​ge·​nol | \ ˈyü-jə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce eugenol (audio) , -ˌnōl How to pronounce eugenol (audio) \

Medical Definition of eugenol

: a colorless aromatic liquid phenol C10H12O2 found especially in clove oil and used in dentistry as an analgesic

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