Etymology
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acrylic (adj.)

1843, "of or containing acryl," the name of a radical derived from acrolein (1843), the name of a liquid in onions and garlic that makes eyes tear, from Latin acer "sharp" (from PIE root *ak- "be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce") + olere "to smell" (see odor) + -in (see -ine (2)). With adjectival suffix -ic. Modern senses often short for acrylic fiber, acrylic resin, etc.

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Definitions of acrylic

acrylic (n.)
polymerized from acrylonitrile;
Synonyms: acrylic fiber
acrylic (n.)
a glassy thermoplastic; can be cast and molded or used in coatings and adhesives;
Synonyms: acrylic resin / acrylate resin
acrylic (n.)
used especially by artists;
Synonyms: acrylic paint
acrylic (n.)
a synthetic fabric;
From wordnet.princeton.edu