lin·​al·​o·​ol lə-ˈna-lə-ˌwȯl How to pronounce linalool (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The linalool did all this without impairing motor function, unlike some medications which can slow you down. Jillian Mock, Popular Science, 25 Oct. 2018 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, 28 May 2020 Of course people have some questions about the linalool. Rachel Sugar, Vox, 29 July 2019 The key ingredient is linalool, an alcohol component of lavender odor. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, 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, 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, 26 Oct. 2018 Ingredients in Jean Nate body powder include talc, kaolin, fragrance, limonene, linalool, hydroxycitronellol, geraniol, citronellol and coumarin. Atlanta Life, ajc, 18 July 2017 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of linalool was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Linalool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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