Etymology
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carcinogen (n.)

"cancer-causing substance," 1853, from carcinoma "malignant tumor, cancer" + -gen.

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vanillin (n.)

substance prepared from fruit of the vanilla plant, 1859, from vanilla + -in (2).

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solvent (n.)

"substance able to dissolve other substances," 1670s, from Latin solventem (see solvent (adj.)).

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coating (n.)

"a layer of some substance spread over a surface," 1768, verbal noun from coat (v.).

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unlawful (adj.)

"contrary to law, illegal," c. 1300, from un- (1) "not" + lawful. Unlawful assembly is recorded in statutes from late 15c. Related: Unlawfully. Old English had a noun unlagu ("unlaw") "illegal action, abuse of law."

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abrasive (n.)

"an abrasive substance," 1850, from abrasive (adj.). Abradant in this sense is from 1868.

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antioxidant (n.)

"substance that inhibits oxidization," 1920, from anti- + oxidant. From 1932 as an adjective.

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blueing (n.)

"substance which makes (something) blue," 1660s, verbal noun from blue (v.).

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material (n.)

late 14c., "component substance, matter from which a thing is made," from material (adj.).

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bedevil (v.)

1768, "to treat diabolically, abuse," from be- + verbal use of devil (q.v.). The meaning "mischievously confuse" is from 1755; that of "drive frantic" is from 1823. Related: Bedeviled (1570s in a literal sense, "possessed"); bedeviling.

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