lin·​al·​o·​ol | \ lə-ˈna-lə-ˌwȯl How to pronounce linalool (audio) , lī-, -ˌwōl \

Definition of linalool

: a fragrant liquid alcohol C10H18O that occurs both free and in the form of esters in many essential oils and is used in perfumes, soaps, and flavoring materials

Examples of linalool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some common terpenes: myrcene (herbal, also found in lemongrass, hops, eucalyptus), limonene (also found in citrus peel), linalool (a terpene found in lavender and mint plants) and pinene (familiar from the scent of pine needles). Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "A shopper’s guide to Alaska cannabis: Local strains, edibles, concentrates and more," 28 May 2020 Of course people have some questions about the linalool. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "How we stopped counting calories and learned to love Spindrift," 29 July 2019 The key ingredient is linalool, an alcohol component of lavender odor. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Why Does Everything Smell, So Peacefully, of Lavender?," 14 Sep. 2019 Another was benzyl acetate, which is part of the character of jasmine, and linalool, which is a fresh clean smell. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "Smell of Success: What It Takes to Be a Top Perfumer," 22 Feb. 2019 Researchers found that sniffing linalool, an alcohol component of lavender odor, was kind of like popping a Valium. Joanna Klein, The Seattle Times, "Lavender’s soothing scent could be more than just folk medicine," 26 Oct. 2018 Ingredients in Jean Nate body powder include talc, kaolin, fragrance, limonene, linalool, hydroxycitronellol, geraniol, citronellol and coumarin. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Where can I find it?," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of linalool

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for linalool

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Mexican Spanish lináloe, tree yielding perfume, from Medieval Latin lignum aloes, literally, wood of the aloe

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The first known use of linalool was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Linalool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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