Meaning of ALCOHOL in English



Pronunciation: ' al-k ə - ˌ ho ̇ l

Function: noun

Etymology: New Latin, from Medieval Latin, powdered antimony, from Old Spanish, from Arabic al-ku ḥ ul the powdered antimony, from ku ḥ l kohl

Date: 1672

1 a : ethanol especially when considered as the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors b : drink (as whiskey or beer) containing ethanol c : a mixture of ethanol and water that is usually 95 percent ethanol

2 : any of a class of organic compounds that are analogous to ethanol and that are hydroxyl derivatives of hydrocarbons

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