Etymology
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styrene (n.)

colorless hydrocarbon, 1885, from Styrax, name of a genus of trees (the chemical is found in their resin), 1786, from Latin styrax, from Greek styrax, the tree name, of Semitic origin (compare Hebrew tsori "terebinth resin"). Form influenced by Greek styrax "shaft of a lance."

updated on December 09, 2013

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Definitions of styrene from WordNet

styrene (n.)
a colorless oily liquid; the monomer for polystyrene;
Synonyms: cinnamene / phenylethylene / vinylbenzene
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