pi·​no·​syl·​vin | \ ˌpīnōˈsilvə̇n\
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Definition of pinosylvin

: a toxic phenolic compound C6H5CH=CHC6H3(OH)2 related to stilbene that is found in the heartwood of Scotch pine and that gives protection to the wood against fungi, insects, and chemicals (as calcium bisulfite); 5-styryl-resorcinol

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History and Etymology for pinosylvin

International Scientific Vocabulary pino- (from New Latin Pinus —genus name of the Scotch pine Pinus sylvestris —, from Latin pinus pine) + sylv- (from New Latin sylvestris —specific epithet of the Scotch pine Pinus sylvestris —, from Latin silvestris of a forest, from silva forest) + -in

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