Meaning of POLYSTYRENE in English


pol ‧ y ‧ sty ‧ rene /ˌpɒlɪˈstaɪriːn◂ $ ˌpɑː-/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Date: 1900-2000 ; Origin: poly- + styrene type of chemical compound (19-21 centuries) (from Latin styrax type of plant) ]

British English a soft light plastic material that prevents heat or cold from passing through it, used especially for making containers SYN Styrofoam

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