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ethanol (n.)

"ethyl alcohol," 1900, contracted from ethane, to which it is the corresponding alcohol, + -ol, here indicating alcohol.

updated on September 12, 2014

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Definitions of ethanol from WordNet

ethanol (n.)
the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors; used pure or denatured as a solvent or in medicines and colognes and cleaning solutions and rocket fuel; proposed as a renewable clean-burning additive to gasoline;
Synonyms: ethyl alcohol / fermentation alcohol / grain alcohol
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