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Myricin

myricin
(Science: chemistry) A silky, crystalline, waxy substance, forming the less soluble part of beeswax, and regarded as a palmitate of a higher alcohol of the paraffin series.
Synonym: myricyl alcohol.
Origin: Cf. F. Myricine. Prob. So called from a fancied resemblance to the wax of the bayberry (Myrica).


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